Meet The Author - The Copenhagen Trilogy

  • March 28, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)
  • Virtual Event - National Nordic Museum - Seattle, WA


Join us to discuss The Copenhagen Trilogy by Danish author Tove Ditlevsen. In this talk, translator Michael Favala Goldman as well as Professor Marianne Stecher will discuss this courageous and honest trilogy from literary icon Tove Ditlevsen—a pioneer in the field of genre-bending confessional writing—which explores themes of family, sex, motherhood, abortion, addiction, and being an artist. The talk will be moderated by Elizabeth DeNoma.

Tove Ditlevsen is today celebrated as one of the most important and unique voices in twentieth century Danish literature. Born in a working-class neighborhood in Copenhagen in 1917, Ditlevsen became famous for her poetry while still a teenager, and went on to write novels, stories, and memoirs before committing suicide in 1976. Having been dismissed by the critical establishment in her lifetime as a working-class, female writer, she is now being rediscovered and championed as one of Denmark’s most important modern authors, with “Tove fever” gripping readers. The Copenhagen Trilogy (1969–71) is her acknowledged masterpiece.

Ditlevsen’s trilogy is remarkable for its intensity and its immersive depiction of a world of complex female friendships, family, and growing up―in this sense, it is Copenhagen’s answer to Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels. Her trilogy is drawn from her own experiences but reads like the most compelling kind of fiction, and has been hailed as “admirable and shocking” (Margaret Quamme, Booklist), and “mordant, vibrantly confessional…a masterpiece” (Liz Jensen, The Guardian).

This event is in celebration of its publication in English by translators Tiina Nunnally and Michael Favala Goldman.

Cost: Free for Members; $5 general admission

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