Kjersti A. Skomsvold wins Tarjei Vesaas first book prize

Skomsvold’s debut THE FASTER I WALK, THE SMALLER I AM was published last autumn to great critical acclaim.

In their statement, the jury says: “A darkly humorous story with existential undertones, THE FASTER I WALK, THE SMALLER I AM portrays the ageing Mathea Martinsen from Groruddalen, a woman completely in the clutches of fear of life as well as death. The narrator is Mathea herself, and she has laconic comments to most things around her … In this way Mathea Martinsen comes across as a character we occasionally might laugh at, but who above all is a character we laugh with – and this is made possible through the empathy, compassion and curious scrutiny the author subjects her to, in writing which is at the same time unpredictable and solid … The philosophical and the existential doesn’t take up a lot of space, but it’s beautifully balanced against the other parts of the novel.”

English rights to THE FASTER I WALK, THE SMALLER I AM were recently sold to American publisher The Dalkey Archives.

Skomsvold shares the prize with Eivind Hofstad Evjemo, who debuted last year with WAKE ME UP IF I FALL ASLEEP (Cappelen Damm).

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