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Crimson by Niviaq Korneliussen

Crimson

Niviaq Korneliussen

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2 reviews

Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 1 Nov 2018
ISBN: 9780349010571

'One of the Top Ten Nordic fiction books' - Sjon, Guardian; 'A work of a striking modern sensibility' - New Yorker

3 stars out of 5
Hannah Jane Parkinson
18 Nov 2018

"energetically done, if wearying for those of us who have left our hedonistic twenties behind"

Fia leaves her boyfriend, moves in with Arnaq but falls for Sara. Sara is in a relationship with Ivik. Ivik is discovering she might have gender dysphoria. Arnaq seduces both Fia and Ivik, and reveals that her best friend, Fia’s brother Inuk, is having a gay affair with a married MP... All this unravels in a sequence of individual monologues, transcribed texts and even the occasional questionnaire. It’s energetically done, if wearying for those of us who have left our hedonistic twenties behind. I expect there’s an audience who will love it.

Reviews

3 stars out of 5
2 Nov 2018

" Crimson would be better off targeted at young adults"

The novel starts promisingly. Korneliussen is very good at capturing the fracturing of a relationship... The rest of the book is similar in its clumsiness. Huge life changes happen in the course of a paragraph...There are nice turns of phrase... And Korneliussen’s descriptive passages can be lyrical... The book’s examination of Greenlandic identity is interesting: how a people cope with claustrophobia, and Greenland’s past as a Danish colony... Crimson would be better off targeted at young adults: teens need literature that reflects their rites of passage, especially those of minorities.