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Echoes of the City by Lars Saabye Christensen

Echoes of the City

Lars Saabye Christensen

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Category: Fiction
Imprint: MacLehose Press
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 3 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9780857059154

By the author of The Half-Brother, a compelling portrait of post-war Oslo as the city recovers from the German Occupation.

4 stars out of 5
11 Jan 2020

"It considers the small, personal stories which would normally be consigned to the archive."

The quietness also means that memorable scenes are thrown into contrast: Maj’s shameful trip to a department store, a character “ramming his elbow” into a gay man’s jaw before calmly ordering a shrimp sandwich, the “sorry story” of Jesper and Jostein skimming money from their Red Cross stamp sales. These all give vitality and subtlety, justifying the book’s length and leisurely pace. The scenes, the slowness, the complex characterisation are all translated consummately into English by Don Bartlett – another figure at the height of his craft, with a nimble ability to shift between voices.