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A Change of Time by Ida Jessen
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it was amazing

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 Martin Aitken into elegantly spare English. Although the book won't be published until March, I just had to write about it now, before the feeling of it fades; and it's deeply suited to these long, dark winter evenings. A little jewel...

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Laura I loved this too. Pleased to see you've given it the 5 stars.

Ilse Beauteous, thoughtful review which does this novel justice - I particularly liked how you analysed the marriage and evoked the atmosphere in your blog post. Meanwhile she has written a novel from the perspective of the doctor, not yet translated however (Doktor Bagges anagrammer.

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