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My Men nominated to the Young Critic's Award

November 11 2021

My Men by Victoria Kielland is one of eight nominees for the Young Critic’s Award.

The Jury says:
With her third book, Victoria Kielland consolidates her position as one of Norway’s most distinctive young writers, and My Men is like a linguistic gut punch. In intensely sensuous, deeply suggestive prose, Kielland gives us a portrait of a person seldom seen before in contemporary Norwegian literature—beyond a portrait, it is as if the reader has no choice but to breathe in this character’s rhythms. She left Norway in the late nineteenth century as Brynhild and arrived in America as Bella, later Belle, as in Belle Gunness: one of America’s most famous female serial killers. The novel is based on real events but is distinctly literary, written by an author with iron control over both language and the human costs language can convey. This is perhaps the most troubling novel of the year, but what a privilege it is to be in this discomfort!

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