Childhood

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Life in Tove’s neighbourhood in Copenhagen is confusing and difficult: her father can’t find work, her mother is angry and remote, and Tove herself sometimes thinks she’s been exchanged at birth. But ‘inside of me long, mysterious words began to crawl across my soul’ and she soon realises that she has a vocation, something unknowable and secret within, and that if she can only find the right words, she will one day succeed in forging a true life of her own – somewhere beyond the narrow streets of her childhood. The first volume in Ditlvesen’s autobiographical trilogy, ‘Childhood’ captures the triumphs and tragedies of girlhood with intense vividness and a poet’s clarity of vision.

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‘Utterly, agonisingly compulsive … a masterpiece’ Liz Jensen, Guardian

The first volume in The Copenhagen Trilogy, the searing portrait of a woman’s journey through love, friendship, ambition and addiction, from one of Denmark’s most celebrated twentieth-century writers

Tove knows she is a misfit, whose childhood is made for a completely different girl. In her working-class neighbourhood 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 my 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.

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Weight 0.12 kg
Dimensions 21.6 × 13.5 × 0.8 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

96

Language

English

Edition

C format

Dewey

839.81372 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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