Youth

Author:   Tove Ditlevsen
Publisher:   Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN:  

9780241405550


Pages:   128
Publication Date:   05 September 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Unable to stay on to high school, Tove starts her first job (which lasts only one day) and soon embarks on a varied and chequered career- as au pair, cleaner, stock-room assistant and office worker. But Tove is hungry, for poetry, for love, for real life to begin. As she navigates exploitative bosses, uninspiring boyfriends and a Nazi landlady, she struggles to keep her poetic vocation in sight - until she finally realizes the 'miracle' that she has always dreamed of. The second volume in Ditlvesen's autobiographical trilogy, Youth is a sensitive, often funny and almost painfully truthful portrayal of adolescence.

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Author:   Tove Ditlevsen
Publisher:   Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Dimensions:   Width: 13.50cm , Height: 0.90cm , Length: 21.60cm
Weight:   0.135kg
ISBN:  

9780241405550


ISBN 10:   0241405556
Pages:   128
Publication Date:   05 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Language:   English

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Incredibly compelling and timely -- Amber Butchard * The Saturday Review * I absolutely loved The Copenhagen Trilogy ... So powerful -- Liz Jensen * Saturday Review * Intense, elegant ... Ditlevsen's portrait of Vesterbro in the Twenties has something of the same texture of Elena Ferrante's description of the poor Neapolitan neighbourhood in which her heroines grow up -- Lucy Scholes * The Daily Telegraph * To get it out of the way: these are the best books I have read this year ... They act as a manifesto for art, showing that literature is not the base metal: it is the process of alchemy, and the gold that results -- John Self * New Statesman *


Wrenching sadness and pitch-black comedy ... Sharp, tough and tender -- Boyd Tonkin * Spectator * Incredibly compelling and timely -- Amber Butchard * The Saturday Review * I absolutely loved The Copenhagen Trilogy ... So powerful -- Liz Jensen * Saturday Review * Intense, elegant ... Ditlevsen's portrait of Vesterbro in the Twenties has something of the same texture of Elena Ferrante's description of the poor Neapolitan neighbourhood in which her heroines grow up -- Lucy Scholes * The Daily Telegraph * To get it out of the way: these are the best books I have read this year ... They act as a manifesto for art, showing that literature is not the base metal: it is the process of alchemy, and the gold that results -- John Self * New Statesman *


Author Information

Tove Ditlevsen was born in 1917 in a working-class neighbourhood in Copenhagen. Her first volume of poetry was published when she was in her early twenties, and was followed by many more books, including her three brilliant volumes of memoir, Childhood (1967), Youth (1967) and Dependency (1971). She married four times and struggled with alcohol and drug abuse throughout her adult life until her death by suicide in 1978.

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