The Manila Hall

The Manila Hall

Ruth Lillegraven

Original title: Manilahallen
Publisher: Tiden Norsk Forlag, 2014
Genre: Narrative poems
Pages: 231 pages

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As a 33-year old, she was admitted to Modum Baths, with a body weight of only 38 kilos. Birgit, born in 1946, *the joy child, *the apple of her parents’ eye, the girl who loves animals and forests, books and music. How did her life turn out like that?

Each person carries their own story. And that story contains love, pain, joy, grief. The darkest of dark and the lightest of light. You only have to ask. If you talk together long enough, it’s all revealed in the end. That’s how this book came to be. Because Birgit exists. She answered when Ruth Lillegraven asked. The Manila Hall is the biography of Birgit, written as a poem. A quite conventional – and therefore, quite unconventional – book, the likes of which you have never read.

A tender, raw and well told biography in verse form … She turns a human life with much suffering into a biographical poem that moves and delights.”

Maya Troberg Djuve, Dagbladet

With The Manila Hall, Ruth Lillegraven shows what a great story teller she is. I catch myself wondering why some people write long novels when a story can be told as effectively and beautifully as this.”

Merete Røsvik Granlund, Bergens Tidende

You’ll have the skin of an elephant not to be touched by this penetrating poetic biography.”

Arne Hugo Stølan, VG

Ruth Lillegraven

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Ruth Lillegraven (b.1978) debuted with the poetry collection Big Bad Poems in 2005. Since then she has published a novel, three further poetry collections and her work is translated into several languages. She has also published six books for childre, among them I am I am I am and Into the Forest and the play Cally. Her work has been nominated for several awards, and won, among others, The Brage-Prize and Nynorsk Literature Prize. Her latest novel, Deep Fjord is a great success with multiple international sales, as well as filmrights to Nordisk Film.

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