Days in the History of Silence
First edition cover
|Original title||Dager i stillhetens historie|
Days in the History of Silence (Norwegian: Dager i stillhetens historie) is a 2011 novel by the Norwegian writer Merethe Lindstrøm. The narrative focuses on an elderly couple who struggles with the inability to talk about sensitive subjects from their past. The book received the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature and the Nordic Council Literature Prize.
Silje Stavrum Norevik of Dagbladet wrote: "It is impressive how Lindstrøm composes a small chamber play, and reflects an existence so fragile and delicate without having to resort to big words. ... The language is simple, elegant and pleasant, but the mood so suggestive in its silent drama. Lindstrøm is known as a refined short-story writer, here she shows to the fullest that she also masters the larger canvas."
- Staff writer (2012-03-01). "Lindstrøm fikk Kritikerprisen for litteratur". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-02-23.
- "The winners". norden.org. Nordic Council. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
- Stavrum Norevik, Silje (2011-10-24). "Hun speiler det store livet i de små ordene". Dagbladet (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-03-23.
Det er imponerende hvordan Lindstrøm komponerer et lite kammerspill, og speiler en eksistens så skjørt og fint uten å måtte ty til store ord. ... Språket er enkelt, elegant og behagelig, men stemningen så suggererende i sitt stille drama. Lindstrøm er kjent som en finslepen novellist, her viser hun til fulle at hun mestrer også større lerret.
- Days in the History of Silence at the publisher's website
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