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Nordic Book Club: Childhood by Tove Ditlevsen
While Scandinavia House is closed, we'll be hosting our Nordic Book Club online! On March 16, we'll be discussing the book Childhood by Tove Ditlevsen, which has been recently re-released in translation by Tiina Nunnally as part of the The Copenhagen Trilogy.

Tove knows she is a misfit whose childhood is made for a completely different girl. In her working-class neighborhood in Copenhagen, she is enthralled by her wild, red-headed friend Ruth, who initiates her into adult secrets. But Tove cannot reveal her true self to her or to anyone else. For "long, mysterious words begin to crawl across" her soul, and she comes to realize that she has a vocation, something unknowable within her—and that she must one day, painfully but inevitably, leave the narrow street of her childhood behind.

Childhood, the first volume in the Copenhagen Trilogy, is a visceral portrait of girlhood and female friendship, told with lyricism and vivid intensity.

Advance registration is required but open to all; a link to the online meeting and password for login will be sent to you after registering.

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Mar 16, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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