Blood in the Veins. Amalie Skram and Her Time
Original title: Blodet i årene. Amalie Skram og hennes tid
Publisher: Spartacus forlag , 2018
Amalie Skram (1846 -1905) was a Norwegian author and feminist whose naturalist writing gave voice to a woman’s point of view. In Norway, she is frequently considered the most influential female writer of the Modern Breakthrough. Her more notable works include a tetralogy, Hellemyrsfolket (1887–98) which portray family relations spanning four generations.
Amalie Skram demanded three things of an author’s work: to show the truth, write with compassion, and attempt to understand.
In this ambitious biography, Merete Morken Andersen takes Amalie Skram at her word. Through five subjects – freedom, family, love, madness and death – she interweaves letters, journals, novels and paintings to create a polyphonic collage, which shifts between different narrative techniques and voices.
Andersen includes the writing of Skram’s contemporaries to portray her world within a bigger picture.