TMR 9.01: Monsterhuman by Kjersti Skomsvold (pgs 1-45)
The new season of the Two Month Review starts here! Through the end of September we’ll be discussing Kjersti Skomsvold’s Monsterhuman, translated from the Norwegian by Becky L. Crook. Marius Hjeldnes from Cappelen Damm joins Chad and Brian to provide a bit of background on Skomsvold, on trends in Norwegian literature, on that whole “dice” thing, and much more. They cover the first three sections of the book, laying out the main themes and ideas that set-up this novel about a young woman suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, trying to rebuild her sense of self by becoming a writer. An incredibly interesting, episodic novel that you should be able to dive into, even if you don’t read every page.
This week’s music comes directly from the opening sections, featuring some really tough songs: “Hole in the Head” by Sugababes and “Never Easy” by Kurt Nilsen.
Season 10 will be the first English-language title to be included, Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann, which was just named to the Booker Longlist.
And be sure to preorder Brian’s book, Joytime Killbox, which is coming out this fall from BOA Editions.