The Lobster's Shell | Granta

  • Published: 03/02/2022
  • ISBN: 9781783787555
  • Granta Books
  • 304 pages

The Lobster’s Shell

Caroline Albertine Minor

Translated by Caroline Waight

Over the decades since their parents died, siblings Sidsel, Ea and Niels have drifted apart, retreating in order to protect their most vulnerable parts. But single mother Sidsel’s last-minute work trip to London, site of past transgressions, and Ea’s chance visit to a San Francisco clairvoyant – seeking contact with their late mother – force the trio to reckon with their shared history and complicated inheritance.

Minor's acute, elliptical observations and silky prose are a delight to read, as the misunderstandings, machinations and mysteries of past and present knit together, fall apart, and re-establish themselves in an uneven, bright weave in Caroline Wright's distinctive, unforced translation

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The Translator

Caroline Waight is a translator working from Danish, German and Norwegian. She has translated a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, most recently, The Lobster’s Shell by Caroline Albertine Minor, Island by Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen and The Chief Witness by Sayragul Sauytbay and Alexandra Cavelius.

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