Map of Canada
The Scandinavian master of the short story returns with a collection resplendent with longing. On these taut pages, people meet without actually connecting, travelers set off but never seem to find home. We meet them along the fjords of Norway, in the bustle of Los Angeles, and among the lights of Copenhagen. Outsiders yearn to be on the inside, insiders are desperate to be free of constraints. A writer befriends an ex-lover’s mother. A young woman struggles to escape from the provincial bully. An elderly man offers his body to aging women. But in the end, “you can’t cover up what can’t be changed.”
Dorthe Nors shines a light into forgotten corners and brings darkness where you least expect it. The sharp-edged sentence is her signum and here it thrives, entire realities crashing down with the turn of a sub-clause. The characteristic Nors sense of humor is ever-present, catching us when the darkness threatens to come too close. Love, violence, friendship, and loneliness are explored in these pages that throb with life.
Dazzling with the precision and nuance that has made Dorthe Nors a critical darling around the world, Map of Canada is a story collection that throws doors open wide to new worlds.
Map of Canada is set to be published by Gyldendal in August, 2018.