Online Nordic Book Club - "Childhood" By Tove Ditlevsen

  • March 16, 2021
  • 6:00 PM (EDT)
  • Virtual Event - ASF + Scandinavia House - New York

ONLINE NORDIC BOOK CLUB - "CHILDHOOD" BY TOVE DITLEVSEN

TUE—MARCH 16—6 PM ET
*Please note that the book club has been rescheduled from March 9.* 

Our Nordic Book Club Online continues on March 16 with a discussion on Childhood by Tove Ditlevsen, which has been recently re-released in translation by Tiina Nunnally as part of the The Copenhagen Trilogy. The trilogy was the subject of a recent panel discussion with Michael Favala Goldman, Morten Høi Jensen, Rachel Kushner, and Ben Lerner, available to stream below. 

Tove knows she is a misfit whose childhood is made for a completely different girl. In her working-class neighborhood 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” her 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.

To discuss the book with us then, sign up online here. All participants will receive a link and instructions for how to join. Online Nordic Book Club will continue throughout the winter/spring; check back here to see more upcoming discussions.


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