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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  428 ratings  ·  70 reviews
I 1904 kommer en ung friskolelærerinde til Thyregod, hvor hun hurtigt gifter sig med distriktslægen, dr. Bagge. Efter 23 års barnløst ægteskab dør lægen, og fru Bagge skal i gang med et nyt selvstændigt liv. Romanen er hendes dagbog fra en tid med mange omvæltninger.
Hardcover, 209 pages
Published September 2015 by Gyldendal
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Ilse
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-eu, 2019, reviewed
I feel like a person standing in a landscape so empty and open that it matters not a bit in which direction I choose to go. There would be no difference: north, south, east or west, it would be the same wherever I went.

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Thyregod, Denmark at the beginning of the 20th Century. Through diary entries, Ida Jessen conveys the life of a schoolteacher, Lilly Høy, starting with recounts of her visits to her husband Vigand Bagge who is in the hospital in another town, over her response to his death and h
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Laura
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book odd in some ways and quietly refreshing in others. The story follows the entries in Lilly Høy's diary covering a period of her life from January 3 1904 to November 1 1932. Although this in itself causes the first of the oddities - she only keeps this diary for just over a year when she first moves to Thyregod as a new teacher in the folk school. Many years later, in fact 22 years later as her husband is in hospital dying, she finds the diary and starts to keep new entries which ...more
Meike
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read, denmark
Award-winning Danish author Ida Jessen tells the story of a teacher who, after losing her husband, has to make a new life for herself - what makes this novella so compelling is the voice of the widow as the unreliable narrator who slowly reveals the true nature of her marriage, and the possible contrasts between her and the reader's assessment of her husband's behavior. On top of that, Jessen paints a vivid picture of rural Denmark in the early 20th century and the dynamics in the town which are ...more
Subashini
An intensely quiet, private novel told in diary entries as a schoolteacher in Denmark in the 20th-century deals with her husband's passing and sifts through her memories. The language is luminous and precise, rendered in a beautiful translation by Martin Aitken. The narrator herself is prickly, odd, thoughtful, and unique, and her relationship with her husband reveals itself slowly. Rural Danish society is slowly brought to life. A small gem.
Jill
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fru Bragge, a 40-ish diarist who lives in the rural village of Thyregod, Denmark -- the same town the author grew up in -- is married to the older handsome and stoic physician, Vergand, who regards humanity with the cold detachment of a scientist. His death frees her to capture and rebuild what has been missing in her life -- warmth, tenderness, and a feeling of possibility.

The rhythm of nature and the goings-on of the townspeople are meshed with the narrator's thoughts as she gradually comes to
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Kasa Cotugno
Ida Jessen has deservedly won awards for this novel, and hopefully this won't be her last work in English. A Change in Time takes the form of a diary of a woman in her late 30's, who had been married to the town doctor. As the pieces of her life are revealed, the final picture as well as her name do not emerge until late. Jenssen sets her story in the rural Denmark of the late 1920's, a time of transition and modernization, which has occurred more slowly than in other parts of the world. This is ...more
Annie Rosewood
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn to this book because of the Hammershøi piece on the cover - I love his paintings for their atmospheric quality, and it turns out that this is the perfect depiction of Jessen's novel. It is difficult to evaluate a translation (am I impressed by the author or the translator?) but I really enjoyed the sparse, simple narrative and the beauty of barren, rural Denmark. Just like Hammershøi's paintings, the writing here is full of subtlety and grace.
jo
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a tender, meditative book written in the form of diary entries by an on and off school teacher in a small town in rural denmark in the 1920s. the teacher, whose name is revealed, poignantly, only at the end (i won't spoil it for you because it's a sweet, sweet moment) starts to keep journal entries in earnest when her husband is in the hospital dying, and in fact writes consistently only when she is deeply alone, so that most of what we get from this book is how to live alone with snow a ...more
June
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This epistolary novel is a quiet, intimate meditation on a woman's life in rural Denmark following her husband's death. A bit slow to reveal itself, it was ultimately a gorgeous read, and I'll look forward to more of Ida Jessen's work in English.
SueLucie
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
What an emotional experience reading this story turned out to be. It is made up of diary entries by a Danish woman, mostly written when she is approaching 50 in the late 1920s. Her husband of over 20 years is dying in hospital and she begins to record her thoughts and feelings over the next five years. These include recollections of her student days and her friends at that time, her innovative approach to schoolteaching, the people she knows after moving to Thyregod, her husband’s character and ...more
The Idle Woman
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I have just finished reading a really gorgeous little book: A Change of Time by the Danish author Ida Jessen. Through her diary, a widowed school-teacher in early 20th-century Denmark remembers her late husband and uses her loneliness as a spur to revisit her life and, slowly, anxiously, recover her sense of self. For once, cover and book coexist beautifully: Jessen's novel is like a Hammershøi in prose: a haunting, timeless, intimate exploration of loss, rendered by the translator Mart
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Kirsty
I liked the idea of this, but I found the execution and prose to be quite dull. There is an almost jarring quality to the writing, so I was constantly aware that I was reading a translated book. I gave up reading at around the 15% mark.
Chris Haak
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written short novel set in rural Denmark in 1927-32. The main character is a school teacher (married to the village doctor) and I just love her. She is a working woman in an age when not many women were working and she is a strong woman, which you notice especially when her husband dies. Of course she mourns her husband, and she feels vulnerable and lonely. But she is not afraid to make decisions, start driving a car, move houses, start a new life, having friends, and doing new thing ...more
Rebecca
A Change of Time is a beautiful novel, using diary form to trace the gradual reawakening of a woman whose marriage was a disappointment, to say the least. The jumps in time between entries and the narrator's own wandering thoughts, combined with her reticence to outright criticise her dead husband, means the reader very slowly pieces together the marital coldness and cruelty that gradually drained hope from the young teacher, and her growing discovery of her new freedom. It's a bit of a slow bur ...more
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-europe
See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits

Another wonderful find from Archipelago Books who have made themselves easily one of my favourite publishers over the past few years. I can be confident when I spot one of their distinctively styled book covers that the enclosed work will be worth a look and A Change Of Time is no exception. This novella is an insightful portrayal of one woman's quiet life, lived in the shadow and to the expectations of her overbearing husband. This isn't a s
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Mandy
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This beautifully written and gentle tale is a real joy. Set in the village of Thyregod in rural Denmark, in the early 20th century and narrated in a series of diary entries, it’s the story of Fru Bagge, who, as the book opens is visiting her sick husband in hospital. He’s always been a cold and undemonstrative man, domineering and unsympathetic to her needs, and even on his death-bed makes no attempt to communicate with her. After his death she begins to look back over her life and prepare for h ...more
Madhuri Palaji
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Change of Time by Ida Jessen is an engaging book. I received a free copy for an honest review from Edelweiss+. This book, I must say, is very unique. The story is set up in 20th century in Denmark. The story unravels itself through the pages of a diary. A woman who just lost her husband struggles to establish her identity as an individual. The sudden freedom in the protagonist's life is too overwhelming for her and she finds a way to find solitude in her loneliness.

The book feels like a poetr
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Maggie Rotter
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short quiet book embodies two qualities that are so compelling to this older reader. First, the moving introduction to a woman in the later years of her life who is prodded by circumstances to examine that life and make sense of it. Second, the convincing conclusion that the value of the whole of that life is not spoiled by what is passed, but is illuminated and made worthwhile by that understanding.
Emily
This is the first time I've read one of Ida Jessen's books and I am not disappointed. I've visited the heaths of Jutland and I can imagine the time and place Jessen writes about in "A Change of Time." This is not a thriller or piece of Nordic noir. It is a beautifully translated novel exploring the life of a newly widowed woman in rural Denmark in the first half of the 20th Century. This is a novel that examines relationships, friendships and what it means to be a widow. It also considers memory ...more
Sonia Almeida Dias
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Imagine that you are watching a Scandinavian movie with its slow pace and introspective mood and you will have the sense of what is reading this book.

Through the diary entries of a former school teacher we get a sense of how time changes, how we change with it, and how the world around us also evolves. There's this time element across the book, through the different seasons that follow each other, the comings and goings of people in our life, and the changes in everyday life.

I really enjoyed re
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Theediscerning
A Change of Time? Certainly this short-ish novel concerns a time for change, as a teacher in a tiny settlement in a remoter corner of Denmark finds herself able to come out from under the shadow of her husband when he dies. Unfortunately the book is a little woolly – several suitors come a-calling, she finds herself caught between copious flashback memories and progressive ideas like driving around in his car she buys back from its new owner, and the whole didn't engage as brilliantly as one wou ...more
Daniel Beamish
Another one of those books that go nowhere in particular. But I have to admit that the prose was so syrupy smooth and easy to go down that I just kept on reading. It probably didn't help that it is short, barely on the verge of novel/novella so I could see the end sooner rather than later. I'm not sure who to credit for the smooth,easy language since I've never read anything before by either the author, Ida Jessen, (in her native Danish) or by the translator, Martin Aitkin.
I'd give the story 1
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Lewestover
The journal entries of a school teacher following the death of her husband piece together her efforts at rebuilding her identity. As one reviewer stated, the author expresses that "being human is being unable to truly see oneself, or in particular, the ways that we are connected to others." This small volume gives the reader pause to consider misjudgment, loneliness, motivation and love.
Chad Felix
Soft spoke and uncommonly engrossing. When pastors ask that we now bow our heads in silent contemplation, we might read from Ida Jessen’s “A Change of Time” to better serve. A book about stepping out into the winter cold and warming one’s feet in fresh cow dung.
Jsph
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
beautifully descriptive. I read this book to get a sense of this part of the country and life 100 years ago and it was very successful. The last sentence made me LOL.
Johanne Bisgaard
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
The language was nice in this one, but the story didn't impress me much, and I fear it will be a book that I will soon have forgotten.
Mark
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous, intensely personal.
Laurie
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read the English translation. Beautiful book.
Susan
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just recently translated from the Danish this is a wonderful, lyrical book. It is diary format and so we learn about Lilly's life and thoughts as she deals with life after the death of her husband.
G
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is so beautifully written, and the plot emerges so subtly from the folds of the narrator's tho
ughts, that I immediately began again as soon as I read the last sentence. Thirty pages in to the second reading, I can see how many apparently trivial details turn out to have significance.

I also loved how Jessen used ordinary items as signposts and symbols. Lamp and soap are the most obvious. There are others.

By the way, I read it a second time just after finishing it the first time. I enjoyed it
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Ida Jessen, Danish author. Born 1964 in Sønderjylland. She holds an M.A. in History of Literature and Communication from Århus University 1990. Ida Jessen made her literary debut in 1989 with the collection of short stories Under sten (Under Stones) and has since then written a number of novels and short stories for both children and adults. Since 1995 she has lived on Sealand. Jessen has translat ...more
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