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Wild Swims Reviews

Wild Swims by Dorthe Nors

Wild Swims

Dorthe Nors

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1 review

Imprint: Pushkin Press
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication date: 23 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781782275503

This is a collection resplendent with longing. In these compact pages, people meet without actually connecting, travellers set off but never seem to find home. We meet them on the fjords of Norway, in the bustle of Los Angeles, and among the lights of Copenhagen.

4 stars out of 5
12 Jun 2020

"short, sharp tales of human connection"

There are infelicities. Nors occasionally uses bloodless phrases like “went to the dogs” and “stifling heat” (casualties, perhaps, of translation), and her predilection for gnomically portentous endings can feel formulaic. But these are minor complaints. Wild Swims is an enchanting work whose brief, almost fugitive stories achieve multitudes in a gesture. Maximalism does not require copiousness. Just look at the elephant in its chair.