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Author Ida Jessen and translator Martin Aitken

  • Books and Company 1 Sofievej Hellerup, 2900 Denmark (map)

EVENT COST: Free event


It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us for an evening in conversation with celebrated Danish author, Ida Jessen and acclaimed translator Martin Aitken.

Ida Jessen’s beautiful novel, A Change in Time, was published this Spring with Archipelago Books in New York.

‘Jessen is a talented and empathetic writer (and kudos must be given to translator Aitken, whose translation is supple and luminous), and has imbued a quiet story about a woman finding herself after her husband’s death with poignancy and stunning humanity.’

Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A Change of Time is a book of masterful restraint, and this restraint is a kind of tenderness. It is a book that understands that desire permeates everything – nothing human can be cleansed of it; and that sometimes love clings most inextricably to the smallest places – misjudgment, invisibility, loneliness. It is a book that deepens and dignifies both our innocence and our fallibility."

– Anne Michaels

We look forward to an evening of reading and conversation with both author and translator.

Ida Jessen made her literary debut in 1989 with the collection of short stories Under sten (Under Stones). Her fiction and children’s books have won an array of awards, including The Egholt Prize, The Albert Dam Grant, The Jytte Borberg Prize, and Danish Booksellers’ Golden Laurels. In 2016, En ny tid (A Change of Time) won the Blixen Award as well as the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s Best Novel Award.

Martin Aitken is the acclaimed translator of numerous novels from Danish and Norwegian, including works by Karl Ove Knausgaard, Peter Høeg, Jussi Alder-Olsen, and Pia Juul. His translations of short stories and poetry have appeared in many literary journals and magazines. In 2012, he was awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Nadia Christensen Translation Prize. In 2018, his translation of Hanne Ørstavik's Love was shortlisted for a National Book Award.

There will, of course, be an opportunity to buy ‘A Change of Time’ on the evening and have it signed.