Unquiet

Linn Ullmann´s national bestseller novel Unquiet was published by Forlaget Oktober in Norway on November 21st 2015 to outstanding critical acclaim. For Unquiet, Linn Ullmann has been nominated to the Nordic Council´s Literary Prize (Nordisk råds litteraturpris 2016), as well as the National Critic’s Prize (Kritikerprisen 2015) and The Kulturhuset Stadsteaterns International Literary Prize 2017. She also received the National Broadcasting’s literary prize (P2-lytternes romanpris 2015). In 2017 the Swedish Academy awarded Linn Ullmann with The Dobloug Prize for her entire body of work.

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Praise for Unquiet

A brilliant meditation on time, mortality, and the limits of memory… Ullmann’s prose is elegant […] sharp, and occasionally funny. But the mood of this work as a whole is elegiac. ‘Can I,’ she asks, ‘mourn people who are still alive?’ Gorgeous and heartbreaking.
– KIRKUS, Starred Review
Spellbinding… Echoing Duras’s The Lover in its blurring of the real and the imagined as well as in its obsessive attention to detail, this is a striking book about the enduring love between parents and children, and the fierce attachments that bind them even after death.
– Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Gracefully exquisite, sharply funny, and richly poignant… Ullmann’s homage to family, art, beauty, and love is resplendently vital, and enchantingly evocative.
– Booklist
I’ve long admired Linn Ullmann’s fiction, and Unquiet is her masterpiece. Based on her upbringing as the child of two great artists, it is the portrait of complex loves; of a youth divided and inspired by diametrically opposed creative influences; and of the ravages of age. Calm yet fierce, exquisitely rendered, this novel imprints itself indelibly―as if you, too, had been there.
– Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl
Ullmann moves deftly between narrative selves over time―from the little girl’s raw bewilderments to the adult’s reflective meditations. Unquiet is a beautiful book about the emotion and the art of memory.
– Siri Hustvedt, author of The Blazing World
With singular imagination and generosity, Linn Ullmann breaks new ground in the art of memory, transporting us into the sources of magic in her life with her enchanting parents.
– Honor Moore, author of The Bishop’s Daughter
In its very form replicating the fitful progress of memory, it is written and translated (from the Norwegian, by author and translator) with care, insight, a keen sensitivity to the value of every word, and a generous embrace of human strengths and weaknesses. I had the rare experience, as I read it, of at once admiring the way it was written and being engrossed in the story.
– Lydia Davis, Times Literary Supplement
[Unquiet] is written and translated with care, insight, a keen sensitivity to the value of every word, and a generous embrace of human strengths and weaknesses. I had the rare experience, as I read it, of at once admiring the way it was written and being engrossed in the story.
– TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, Books of the Year 2018, Lydia Davis
[Unquiet] is written and translated with care, insight, a keen sensitivity to the value of every word, and a generous embrace of human strengths and weaknesses. I had the rare experience, as I read it, of at once admiring the way it was written and being engrossed in the story.
– TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, Books of the Year 2018, Lydia Davis