Minna Needs Rehearsal Space by Dorthe Nors, Misha Hoekstra (Translator)


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A moving novella unlike any other by the Man Booker International Prize shortlisted author

Minna is feeling desperate.

Lars has just dumped her by text message. Her friends are constantly flaunting their lovers, children and dogs on Facebook. And her neurotic sister is everywhere she turns.

Minna wants a place in Copenhagen to practise her music. Minna wants a child. But what Minna really needs is to get away from it all.

So, with only Ingmar Bergman for company, she decides to take a trip to the coast.

And there is more on the horizon than she might imagine.

Dorthe Nors was born in 1970 and studied literature at the University of Aarhus. She is one of the most original voices in contemporary Danish literature. Her short stories have appeared in numerous international periodicals including The Boston Review and Harpers, and she is the first Danish writer ever to have a story published in the New Yorker. Nors has published four novels so far, including Mirror, Shoulder, Signal – shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize – and a collection of stories Karate Chop, also published by Pushkin Press. Karate Chop won the prestigious P. O. Enquist Literary Prize in 2014. She lives in rural Jutland, Denmark.