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Arv og miljø First, I suggest you read the book without checking reviews or blurbs because I felt my reading experience spoiled with the short descriptions I saw If you have had a preview, stick with the book, since the second half isrewarding than the first, if their has been a spoiler revealed Second, if you must read a review, Check out Paul Fulcher s stated better all of what I planned to say plusThis leaves me only to add that I found myself que First, I suggest you read the book without checking reviews or blurbs because I felt my reading experience spoiled with the short descriptions I saw If you have had a preview, stick with the book, since the second half isrewarding than the first, if their has been a spoiler revealed Second, if you must read a review, Check out Paul Fulcher s stated better all of what I planned to say plusThis leaves me only to add that I found myself questioning the veracity of the narrator in this book I did not see this as an intended unreliable narrator, but saw reason for question in the actions and words that suggested a possible imagined truth I do not know if this was intentionally suggest by the author but it kept me engrossed and added another dimension to the novel I tapped Lars on the shoulder and asked if I could read something to him He looked at me, hoping it didn t have anything to do with inheritance Will and Testament translated by Charlotte Barslund from Arv og milj by Vigdis Hjorth was recently longlisted for the 2019 National Book Awards for Translated Literature.The novel starts with the first person narrator, Bergljot, telling us how her Dad died five months earlier, just days after she had herself become embroiled in a dispute between her b I tapped Lars on the shoulder and asked if I could read something to him He looked at me, hoping it didn t have anything to do with inheritance Will and Testament translated by Charlotte Barslund from Arv og milj by Vigdis Hjorth was recently longlisted for the 2019 National Book Awards for Translated Literature.The novel starts with the first person narrator, Bergljot, telling us how her Dad died five months earlier, just days after she had herself become embroiled in a dispute between her brother and her two younger sisters about their parent s wills We soon learn that Bergljot who has grandchildren and must be in her mid to late 50s broke off contact with her parents over twenty years earlier.The story of the inheritance takes us into rather familiar, even banal, territory, with arguments about who was the favoured child, who has done most for their parents, and lawyer s letters over whether two vacation cabins were transferred to the younger siblings at a fair market price, or essentially gifted to them Hjorth has a sharp eye for how the apparently trivial can escalate into fury I did regret my angry night time emails I was hurt that Astrid dismissed them as trivial, read or unread, because my furious night time emails were the most truthful, and I regretted them only because I had learned that speaking the truth was against the rules, that speaking the truth would get you punished.But it becomes clear that the dispute is a proxy for something farserious, and in particular the truth that Bergljot wants to speak is an almost unspeakable trauma buried in her childhood when she was aged 5 7 , one that she herself only acknowledges in her late twenties If she had heard the story, as she must have done, from Mum and Dad, who needed to explain my absence, then it was their version that she would know and I had no idea what that was like, but I presumed it was about my overactive imagination, which I d always had as a child, how good I was at making things up and telling tales, as well as me probably wanting someone to blame for my unhappiness, my outrageous behaviour, my divorce, or it was something a therapist had planted in me, the possibilities were endless.The narrator chooses to confront her family with the truth of what she believes happened to her at the reading of her father s will, a confrontation she herself admits rather follows the pattern of the film Festen But, while admiring the film, she points out that it is unrealistic in real life it doesn t end well for anyone who confronts their father and family.Psychotherapy was important to Bergljot in uncovering her past, and Freud, Jung and her own dreams feature heavily in the text, as well as musings on art and literature She quotes extensively from Tove Ditlevsen s words coincidentally her The Copenhagen Trilogy has been recently reissued in translation and is gaining rave reviews e.g , and she also refers to the Marina Abramovic s infamous Rhythm 0 piece of performance art , which the author has cited as a key inspiration for the novel My last novel, Arv og milj is the most political, and has caused a big debate in Norway In it, I tried to mirror one of Marina Abramovic s first performances Abramovic is supposed to stand still for six hours On the table in front of her are a lot of things a rose, a feather a gun The public can do whatever they want with those objects In the beginning the public is very discreet Then they take the feather But suddenly one breaks the intimacy border and touches her They get caught up and rile each other up They take her clothes off In the end it develops in a very bad way One takes the gun, takes it to her head They are so provoked by the fact that she doesn t move Then, when after six hours she does move, they retreat When talking about this performance, Abramovic said, They couldn t stand me because of what they had done to me That s also why the family can t stand the main character in Arv og milj.Although it must be acknowledged that the big debate in Norway was largely around whether the work, which Hjorth claims as fictional, may actually be factual, or at least hinting at this, as many details of Bergljot s story mirror Hjorth s own And in a bizarre twist, her real life sister, recognising herself in the Astrid character, wrote her own counter novel Fri vilje As the New Yorker explains 2017, Vigdis Hjorth s younger sister, Helga Hjorth, published her first novel, Free Will A lawyer in Oslo, Helga is ostensibly the levende model living model for Astrid, the maddeningly evenhanded sibling in Will and Testament In Helga s novel, a family is torn apart when the narrator s histrionic writer sibling makes false allegations of incest in one of her books In the press, Helga explained that she felt badly used by her sister s novel, and that she had written her own as a rebuttal.Which all makes this a novel that can be read on two levels ideally the reader would approach it without knowledge of the real life arguments, and indeed without advanced knowledge of the source of Bergljot s trauma and this would be a powerful fictional portrayal of family disputes, trauma, guilt, silence and complicity But given the publicity around the novel in the press, even in the UK US, that is perhaps not possible, but then the real life story around the book gives the story another, fascinating dimension A very worthy inclusion in what is proving an excellent longlist for the National Book Awards for Translated Literature, and a book I expect to see feature in the International Booker in the UK An good 4 star read I ve picked up this book because I ve read A House in Norway by Vigdis Hjorth and it has left a lasting impression on me As far as I know, only these two of her books have been translated into English Both books focus on difficult moral dilemmas And Hjorth investigates them with unflinching honesty and forensic attention to detail, which makes a very thought provoking compelling read The house in Norway was dealing with a contradictory, often conflicting relationship between a local host a I ve picked up this book because I ve read A House in Norway by Vigdis Hjorth and it has left a lasting impression on me As far as I know, only these two of her books have been translated into English Both books focus on difficult moral dilemmas And Hjorth investigates them with unflinching honesty and forensic attention to detail, which makes a very thought provoking compelling read The house in Norway was dealing with a contradictory, often conflicting relationship between a local host and her emigrant Polish lodgers Will and Testament addressesintimate subject matter of the consequences of a repressed childhood trauma and its impact on a large family The narrator, the women in her 50s, has chosen to estrange herself from her parents and her two younger sisters almost completely for a long time However, she is dragged into the inheritance dispute after her father s death Consequently, she needs to confront her demons onceThe reason for estrangement was that at the age of 30, newly divorced, she suddenly remembered what happened to her when she was a little girl Or at least she thinks she remembers this Her memory is unreliable and very painful Going deeper would be spoiling the book as the core of the novel is her dealing with this situation Hjorth s urgent, personal and honest narrative style contributes to the power of the book Her character is dealing with the family dynamics She is trying to put yourself in the place of other family members But she does not try or even pretend to try to be objective And that is refreshing There are many themes touched upon in the book which could be discussed Some of them is hard to talk about without spoiling But I will just mention one More often than not, in many situations related to childhood traumas or wider domestic violence, there is no proof of wrong doing Often, even memories are repressed So what would be right way of dealing with such situations as a friend or a sibling How to navigate between the victims and the potential wrongdoers I do not have a straightforward answer The book does not give a straightforward answer either that is why I think it is a powerful book One might argue that as a novel it might be better if it would have the voices of other family members represented separately Otherwise occasionally the book acquires a slight undertone of a therapeutic confession However, it is definitely unsentimental and full of authentic raw feelings A now, the difficult bit When I finished reading I came across the review in New Statesman claiming that this story is lightly veiled personal story of the author So, she has done something similar to Knausg rd s A Death in the Family As a result, her family was distraught about the book Her sister even wrote a counter novel However, Hjorth still claims Will and testament is totally fictional I did not know all of this when I was reading the book Again, the situation is that there is no proof But the family s reaction shows that at least there is something personal there Effectively, she has reversed the situation of a victim perpetrators conflict on a meta level So it made me pose and think how this fact affects me as a reader I have to admit, initially I was slightly disappointed It would be better if this story would not affect real people and simply pose to universal questions But then, deep inside, I think I understand her motives and can sympathise with them The truth is I didn t like it I ve spent several days trying to not read Yet there s been such spectacular fuss around this book here in Norway for its semi autobiographical content that I had to finish Ugh I could have just left it after 50 pages, when I first started wondering whether it was worth it, for all it gave me A waste of time and patience The book starts with an argument over the inheritance of two summer cottages and descends into washing the family s dirty laundry so to s The truth is I didn t like it I ve spent several days trying to not read Yet there s been such spectacular fuss around this book here in Norway for its semi autobiographical content that I had to finish Ugh I could have just left it after 50 pages, when I first started wondering whether it was worth it, for all it gave me A waste of time and patience The book starts with an argument over the inheritance of two summer cottages and descends into washing the family s dirty laundry so to speak The main character is neurotic and still suffering after a childhood trauma The writing moves forward in circles, with endless repetitions I did not care for the style I did not care for any of the characters If it is true that some of this content is from the author s own life, then I am totally creeped out Who on earth would want to throw their skeletons out in the yard for all to see I m not going to read anythingof this author in a hurry, probably never Pomegranates were pretty rare in my area when I was a child, but whenever my mother came across them at the market, she would bring a couple home for me and my brother As we know, the pomegranate has very small seeds surrounded with a juicy red pulp that is so delicious, but getting to that heavenly center requires a great deal of effort forcing your way through the tough thick peel and the flesh that covers it Will and Testament is a pomegranate of a book At the center is a special and not Pomegranates were pretty rare in my area when I was a child, but whenever my mother came across them at the market, she would bring a couple home for me and my brother As we know, the pomegranate has very small seeds surrounded with a juicy red pulp that is so delicious, but getting to that heavenly center requires a great deal of effort forcing your way through the tough thick peel and the flesh that covers it Will and Testament is a pomegranate of a book At the center is a special and not to be missed story of abuse, but it is surrounded by what seems an endless family fight over who is going to inherit the two island summer houses It is an inheritance struggle that soon becomes uninteresting, drags on and on, and requires a major effort to get through That effort, however, does end in a reward worth the struggle this novel is about child sexual abuse and this review is also about that and i would say includes emotional abuse and alcohol addiction too i m not sure how public i want to be about my response to this novel on goodreads lol but i would like that say that in a few some many too many ways this novel is about me and my family, about the winding conflicts and the repetitive, painful conversations the way the family narrative perpetuates itself through each of us, creating roles, hiding trut this novel is about child sexual abuse and this review is also about that and i would say includes emotional abuse and alcohol addiction too i m not sure how public i want to be about my response to this novel on goodreads lol but i would like that say that in a few some many too many ways this novel is about me and my family, about the winding conflicts and the repetitive, painful conversations the way the family narrative perpetuates itself through each of us, creating roles, hiding truths the pain of living with sexual abuse, the pain of having a family that does not refuses to misunderstands is all in the pages and i was deeply moved and experienced my life within them it is a joy and a terror to find novels about the violence i and others have experienced because to know i m not alone is a gift and to know i m not alone is deeply deeply sad, deeply enraging it is too late for us in so many ways and the violences we have experienced and continue to experience should never have happened but it did and now we have to unfairly deal with the consequences the way the narrative is written and the structure of this book i thought was so accurate and relatable in terms of the way that time works, memory works, the thought processes of a traumatised adult who is still deeply affected by the past within the first few pages i had cried out of feeling like it was a mirror and within those first few pages it s very clear that vigdis has experienced the violence she writes about glad i finished this this yr anyway i love u xxx This was hard to get through for me Even though the premise of the novel looked interesting, the style of writing was tedious I felt like the author just randomly jotted down her feelings jumping back and forth in time, and forgetting she already wrote certain things The repetitiveness was bizarre Even in the same paragraph the same things were being said Example I could not sleep I laid awake I could not sleep because of this and that I could not sleep etc etc Well I could definite This was hard to get through for me Even though the premise of the novel looked interesting, the style of writing was tedious I felt like the author just randomly jotted down her feelings jumping back and forth in time, and forgetting she already wrote certain things The repetitiveness was bizarre Even in the same paragraph the same things were being said Example I could not sleep I laid awake I could not sleep because of this and that I could not sleep etc etc Well I could definitely sleep after reading this book YAWN The will in the title is obviously referring to the legal documents of inheritance, of which lineage gets what, which is to be settled with testimonies competing for sympathetic witnesses But I suspect it also refers to the messy contest of human wills.This is a Freudian account of secrets, impulses, transgressions, betrayals, sexual competitions, which is ostensibly about a family passing around a shameful secret, but it s also sneakily superimposed onto the mass madness of post enlightenmen The will in the title is obviously referring to the legal documents of inheritance, of which lineage gets what, which is to be settled with testimonies competing for sympathetic witnesses But I suspect it also refers to the messy contest of human wills.This is a Freudian account of secrets, impulses, transgressions, betrayals, sexual competitions, which is ostensibly about a family passing around a shameful secret, but it s also sneakily superimposed onto the mass madness of post enlightenment civilizations in war, conflict, occupation, aggression, and other atrocities.I m not always receptive to Freudian psychoanalysis, and the sense that some novels offer mere voyeuristic pleasure through exploiting the kind of human dramas that are better kept private has been snowballing for me personally I did think this isn t something I have to worry about, it s just other people s family melodrama But the superimposition of raw impulses in personal life onto international relations is really well done However awful and voyeuristic and transgressive I feel about the subject matter on the surface childhood sexual abuse, incest , the betrayal dynamics is human, emotional, relatable, which serves to make the social commentary sidehuman, experiential On second thought, this isn t just other people s problem, we are probably still laboring under the same delusion of high civilization and enlightened self interests, and the solution probably isn t going to be found in the become a better saint bucket, it s probably closer to how to live with being awful and try to get along 3.5 starsThis book, set in Norway, revolves around the unresolved childhood trauma of a middle aged woman named Bergljot Bergljot is a divorced theater critic with three grown children who s been estranged from her parents and sisters for decades Bergljot is drawn back into her family s orbit when her brother B rd, who s also alienated from their parents, contacts her about an inheritance Bergljot and B rd s parents bequeathed their two vacation cabins to their daughters Astrid and sa instea 3.5 starsThis book, set in Norway, revolves around the unresolved childhood trauma of a middle aged woman named Bergljot Bergljot is a divorced theater critic with three grown children who s been estranged from her parents and sisters for decades Bergljot is drawn back into her family s orbit when her brother B rd, who s also alienated from their parents, contacts her about an inheritance Bergljot and B rd s parents bequeathed their two vacation cabins to their daughters Astrid and sa instead of to all four siblings B rd is deeply hurt and angry, and wants something done about this injustice.The parents say that their wills are structured so that B rd and Bergljot receive monetary compensation for the cabins, and that all four children B rd, Bergljot, Astrid, and sa will inherit equally in the end However B rd insists the cabins have been undervalued.and besides, he and his grown children might want to vacation there in the future.Bergljot sides with her brother, and a family imbroglio ensues It s not clear why the parents start this brouhaha, but the seemingly spiteful act may relate to B rd and Bergljot s distance from the family In Bergljot s case, she s separated from her parents and sisters because they don t believe allegations she made about being harmed as a child Bergljot thinks they re being willfully obtuse and can t bear to be in their company.Over the years Bergljot s sister Astrid has attempted to broker a reconciliation between Bergljot and the family Astrid s suggestion is that everyone forgive and forget , with no acknowledgement of wrongdoing on anyone s part Berljot who wants an admission and an apology is hurt and infuriated by this proposition The current family dispute is interspersed with flashbacks to earlier events in Bergljot s life, including her childhood, her work, her marriage, her children, her divorce, etc The point of the novel seems to be the impossibility of righting a wrong without admitting it happened and the burden of guilt borne by everyone involved The publication of this book caused an uproar in Norway because it s said to be based on the life of the author Vigdis Hjorth, who calls the story fiction Nevertheless, the author s sister Helga Hjorth penned a rebuttal book You can read about the furor online if you re interested, but wait until after you read the book to avoid spoilers.Author Vigdis HjorthYou can follow my reviews at At Ingen Av Dere P Noe Tidspunkt Har Spurt Meg Om Min Historie, Har Jeg Opplevd Og Opplever Jeg Som En Stor SorgDet Er Bergljot, Den Eldste Datteren I Familien, Som Formulerer Seg Slik I En Mail Til Sine S Stre, Etter At Det Har P G Tt En Heftig Diskusjon Om Forskudd P ArvKjernen I Arveoppgj Ret Er Fordelingen Av To Sommerhytter Som Ligger Ved Siden Av Hverandre P Hvaler I Stfold Et Barndomssted, Som Alle Har Et Forhold TilTo D Tre Har Tatt Seg Av Stedet Og Foreldrene I Mange R De Skal Arve Hyttene Men S Er Det Alts To Barn Til, Som Delvis Har Brutt Med Familien Hvorfor Melder De Seg N P I Arvetvisten Under Samtalen Om Arv L Per En Annen Beretning, Som Setter Voldsomme Krefter I Sving Bergljot Erfarer At Det Skal Mot Til For Uttrykke Sin Versjon Av Familiehistorien Men Bare Gjennom Ta Sine Egne Opplevelser P Alvor Og Pr Ve Sette Ord P Dem, Er Det Mulig Komme Videre


About the Author: Vigdis Hjorth

Vigdis Hjorth born 1959 is a Norwegian novelist She grew up in Oslo, and has studied philosophy, literature and political science.In 1983, she published her first novel, the children s book Pelle Ragnar i den gule g rden for which she received Norsk kulturr d s debut award Her first book for an adult audience was Drama med Hilde 1987 Om bare from 2001 is considered her most important novel, and a roman clef.Hjorth has three children and lives in Asker.


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