Trude Marstein

Trude Marstein (b. 1973) was awarded the Critics' Prize as well as the PO Enquist Prize for Doing Good (2006), which confirmed her prominent position among younger Norwegian authors.

Born in 1973 she grew up in small town Tønsberg on the coast of the Oslofjord. She received the Tarjei Vesaas’ Debutant Prize for Strong Hunger, Sudden Nausea (1998) and has written several novels as well as a book for children and a number of essays.

Trude Marstein’s precise observation and unpretentious narrative voice are particular qualities in her already established oevre. In Doing Good this fully comes into its own. The setting is a very hot (night and day) weekend in July in an inland town in Norway with the Riverside Hotel and a 50th anniversary party as a connecting element. From this point 118 destinies are whirled out.

The literary technique may be resembled to Perec’s The Guide to Life. Through the contstantly moving perspective, Marstein focuses on themes like betrayal, love, desire, death, escape, loneliness, reconciliation. Out of this wide perspective grows an image of and a feeling for the banal, the accidental, the tragic and even the beautiful aspects of life, between people who live close to each other, people who influence each other’s life, with or against their own will. Trude Marstein has created a grand piece of epic art.

In 2009 followed Nothing to Regret, and in 2012 Home to Me.

Prizes:
2007: The P.O. Enquist Prize
2006: The Critics’ Prize
2004: The Doubloug Prize
2002: The “Hunger” Prize
2002: The Vestfold County Literary Prize
1998: The Tarjei Vesaas Debutant Prize

 

Sample translation from her new novel Conscience (publication July 2018): 

Foreign sales:

2018: CONSCIENCE: SWEDEN, BONNIER / DENMARK, ROSINANTE / RUSSIA, POLYANDRIA

2012: HOME TO ME: SWEDEN, BONNIER / DENMARK, TIDERNE SKIFTER

2009: NOTHING TO REGRET: SWEDEN, KABUSA / DENMARK, TIDERNE SKIFTER

2006: DOING GOOD: FRANCE, ED. STOCK / THE NETHERLANDS, HOUTEKIET-ATLAS / DENMARK, TIDERNE SKIFTER / SWEDEN, KABUSA

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