Jan Grue

I Live a Life Like Yours
Jeg lever et liv som ligner deres

Into the unknown: we don’t know where we’re going. We are sailing in a leaky boat; we know that we’re dying animals. With dreams of Byzantium, we bail out as much water as we can, sailing onward, together. We are Argonauts, astronauts, adventurers, explorers. This is our journey.

I have a congenital muscular dystrophy. I use a wheelchair. I have a college education, a job. I’m a family man. On the surface, I’m well-off. What had to happen for me to reach this point?

I Live a Life Like Yours is about life in a vulnerable body. It is a story about work, about dreams and a longing to live like everyone else. It is a book about life, both common and uncommon.

Winner of the 2018 Norwegian Critics’ Prize
Nominated for the the 2019 Nordic Council Literature Prize

Grue jeg lever et liv som ligner deres

“A masterpiece of own life.”

Stavanger Aftenblad, 6 out of 6 stars

“A literary masterpiece that is highly recommended!”

Dagbladet, 6 out of 6 stars

“Jan Grue’s description of life goes beyond most of the Norwegian self-biographical non-fiction. (…) The book will probably stand as a milestone marking that a new maturity is about to reach the autobiographical literature also in Norwegian non-fiction.”


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Norway as Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse

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Frankfurt 2019