Karate Chop & Minna Needs Rehearsal Space
By Dorthe Nors
Two daringly original works from the acclaimed Danish author Dorthe Nors, published back to back in a uniquely designed edition.
Two works by Dorthe Nors, a collection of short stories and a novella, are brought together for the first time. In Karate Chop, a children's psychologist, lost in self-doubt, examines her believed complicity in her own destruction; a man, obsessed with serial killers, turns to the internet to explore female violence; a mother and daughter travel to the World's End, in hope of finding their peace. In Minna Needs Rehearsal Space, Minna, musician, composer, artist, needs to find space to rehearse - or just space to get away. Away from the realities of life, from the meaningless interactions of our digital age, and from the loneliness of a relationship coming to an end. With stark, simple and stylishly original prose, Dorthe Nors explores the intricacies of modern existence and modern relationships. Reading like an antonym to our digital society, where much is said but little meaning is truly conveyed, Nors's meticulously structured work examines the complexity, and sometimes cruelty, of human psychology and desire.
Translated by Misha Hoekstra,Martin Aitken
Cover illustration by David Pearson
Published 26 February 2015