The Copenhagen Trilogy by Tove Ditlevsen audiobook

The Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood; Youth; Dependency

By Tove Ditlevsen
Translated by Tiina Nunnally  and Michael Favala Goldman
Read by Stine Wintlev

Macmillan Audio
11.87 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781250797360

Called "a masterpiece" by The Guardian, this courageous and honest trilogy from Tove Ditlevsen, a pioneer in the field of genre-bending confessional writing, explores themes of family, sex, motherhood, abortion, addiction, and being an artist. This program contains all three volumes of her memoirs Tove Ditlevsen is today celebrated as one of the most important and unique voices in twentieth-century Danish literature, and The Copenhagen Trilogy (1969–71) is her acknowledged masterpiece. Childhood tells the story of a misfit child’s single-minded determination to become a poet; Youth describes her early experiences of sex, work, and independence. Dependency picks up the story as the narrator embarks on the first of her four marriages and goes on to describe her horrible descent into drug addiction, enabled by her sinister, gaslighting doctor-husband. Throughout, the narrator grapples with the tension between her vocation as a writer and her competing roles as daughter, wife, mother, and drug addict, and she writes about female experience and identity in a way that feels very fresh and pertinent to today’s discussions around feminism. 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’s Copenhagen's answer to Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. She can also be seen as a spiritual forerunner of confessional writers like Karl Ove Knausgaard, Annie Ernaux, Rachel Cusk and Deborah Levy. Her trilogy is drawn from her own experiences but unfolds like the most compelling kind of fiction. 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. A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2021

Among longlisted titles for New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year, 2021

Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2021

Among longlisted titles for New York Magazine Best Books of the Year, 2021

Among longlisted titles for Financial Times Books of the Year, 2021

Among longlisted titles for Time Magazine Best Books of the Year, 2021

Among longlisted titles for The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year, 2021

A New York Times Book Review pick of Best Books Now in Paperback

Called "a masterpiece" by The Guardian, this courageous and honest trilogy from Tove Ditlevsen, a pioneer in the field of genre-bending confessional writing, explores themes of family, sex, motherhood, abortion, addiction, and being an artist. This program contains all three volumes of her memoirs Tove Ditlevsen is today celebrated as one of the most important and unique voices in twentieth-century Danish literature, and The Copenhagen Trilogy (1969–71) is her acknowledged masterpiece. Childhood tells the story of a misfit child’s single-minded determination to become a poet; Youth describes her early experiences of sex, work, and independence. Dependency picks up the story as the narrator embarks on the first of her four marriages and goes on to describe her horrible descent into drug addiction, enabled by her sinister, gaslighting doctor-husband. Throughout, the narrator grapples with the tension between her vocation as a writer and her competing roles as daughter, wife, mother, and drug addict, and she writes about female experience and identity in a way that feels very fresh and pertinent to today’s discussions around feminism. 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’s Copenhagen's answer to Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels. She can also be seen as a spiritual forerunner of confessional writers like Karl Ove Knausgaard, Annie Ernaux, Rachel Cusk and Deborah Levy. Her trilogy is drawn from her own experiences but unfolds like the most compelling kind of fiction. 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. A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A masterpiece.” The Guardian (London)
“The pull between desiring the life of an artist and wanting some sense of normalcy.” Boston Globe
“Ditlevsen’s gorgeous memoirs…cast[s] light not just on the world’s harsh realities but on the inexplicable impulses of our secret selves.” New York Times
“It’s as if Ditlevsen has moved into your head and rearranged all the furniture, and not necessarily for your comfort. The book is as propulsive as the most tightly plotted thriller; even when you want to put it down, it seems to adhere to your hands.” New York Review of Books

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Author Bio: Tove Ditlevsen

Author Bio: Tove Ditlevsen

Tove Ditlevsen (1917-1976) was an author, poet, and memoirist, born in a working-class neighborhood in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her first volume of poetry was published when she was in her early twenties and was followed by many more books, including the three volumes of the Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood, Youth, and Dependency. Her work won many awards, including the Tagea Brandt Rejselegat in 1953 and De Gyldne Laurbær in 1956.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 11.87
Audience: Adult
Language: English