Wait, Blink: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life

Longlist, National Book Awards 2018 for Translated Literature

Wait, Blink: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life by Gunnhild Øyehaug book cover
ISBN 9780374285890
Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers
Gunnhild Øyehaug author photo, credit Magne Sandnes
Gunnhild Øyehaug

Gunnhild Øyehaug is an award-winning Norwegian poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her novel Wait, Blink was made into the acclaimed film Women in Oversized Men’s Shirts. More about this author >

Kari Dickson, Photo credit: Enid Trevett
Kari Dickson

Kari Dickson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and grew up bilingual. She has a BA in Scandinavian studies and an MA in translation. More about this author >

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Translated by Kari Dickson

In Wait, Blink we meet Sigrid, a rather timid young literature student, and witness her soul-consuming encounter with the author Kare, the movie director Linnea (who is going location hunting in Copenhagen), the performance artist Trine, and, last but not least, Viggo, also a literature student, who longs to belong to someone or something. Elida, a fisherman’s daughter, Robert, a film producer, and Goran, a literature professor, also play their roles in this group of shivering and at times desperate characters.