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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Birgit, born in 1946, was the joy child and the apple of her parents’ eye, the girl who loved animals and forests, books and music. At 33, she is admitted to Modum Baths, with a bodyweight of only 38 kg. How did her life turn out this way?

Every person carries a story. And that story contains love, pain, joy, grief— the darkest of dark and the lightest of light; all you have to do is ask.
This particular story surfaced through those long conversations which reveal our intimate histories between the author and Birgit. The Manila Hall is a biography, written as a poem by Lillegraven. A relatively 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 debuted with the collection of poetry Big Bad Poems in 2005. Since she has published a novel, three further poetry collections, and has been translated into several languages. She has also published six books for children, 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. Nordisk film has bought the film rights to adapt it to the screen.

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