Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold
The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am
Jo fortere jeg går, jo mindre er jeg
Mathea Martinsen has never been good at dealing with other people. But one thing she has learned. They are not like her. Now, as an old woman, she suddenly experiences a great grief, and she is struck by the fear that she will die before anyone will know that she has lived. Mathea digs out her old wedding dress again, bakes some sweet cakes and goes out among the others.
Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold’s first novel stands out for its humorous earnestness and unusually inventive prose.
Winner of the Tarjei Vesaas First Book Award 2009
Nominated for the 2009 Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize
Shortlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
‘Original and moving. Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold portrays with absurd insight the horrible and fascinating aspects of nearing death (…) Skomsvold has created a character adorably absurd both in her language, thoughts and actions.’Dagbladet
‘An astounding literary debut (…) nothing less than scorching poetry.’Aftenposten