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The Child

Kjersti A. Skomsvold

Translated by Martin Aitken

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Kjersti A. Skomsvold

Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold made a sensational debut with The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am, published by Dalkey Press in English. The book won the Vesaas First Book Award, was shortlisted for the IMPAC Prize and has been sold to publishers in more than 25 countries. She is the author of four acclaimed novels, a book of poetry and a children's book.

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Translated by Martin Aitken

Martin Aitken is a translator of Scandinavian literature, whose translations include work by Karl Ove Knausgaard, Olga Ravn, Hanne Ørstavik and Kim Leine. He was shortlisted for the International DUBLIN Literary Award in 2017, was a finalist at the US National Book Awards in 2018 and received the PEN America Translation Prize in 2019. He lives in Denmark.

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The Child pays close, intelligent attention to motherhood and art. It's written with memorable precision and love, and I was sorry to finish it

Sarah Moss

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