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Pne nego što zaspiš Linn Ullmann

Pne nego što zaspiš

Linn Ullmann

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ISBN : 9788674369401
287 pages
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 About the Book 

Karin Blom, the narrator of Linn Ullmanns Before You Sleep is neither irresistible like her mother, Anni, nor beautiful like her sister, Julie, but as it turns out, this might be a very good thing. For short, dark, scrappy Karin is the survivor in aMoreKarin Blom, the narrator of Linn Ullmanns Before You Sleep is neither irresistible like her mother, Anni, nor beautiful like her sister, Julie, but as it turns out, this might be a very good thing. For short, dark, scrappy Karin is the survivor in a family filled with fractured personalities: If I tried to describe my family, and thats exactly what Im going to do, you could probably say that Anni drank to forget. I drank to be happy. Father drank just to keep going. Grandma drank to sleep better at night. Aunt Selma drank to be even meaner than she already was. And Julie, Karin informs us, is the only one who drinks sensibly--unfortunately! It did her no good. She didnt forget, she wasnt happy, she couldnt sleep and she was never mean. Told mainly in flashback, Ullmanns first novel traces the unhappy history of the Blom family--Annis mother, June, and her sister Selma, whose rivalry over Annis father caused a permanent rift- Annis own unsuccessful union with Karin and Julies father- and Julies failing marriage to a man shes sure is unfaithful to her. Ullmann takes the reader from Norway to New York and back again as she weaves past into present, gradually creating a fully dimensional portrait of these women and their relationships to men and to each other. If Anni gets by on charm and melodrama, and Julie on her beauty, then Karin relies on a combination of willpower and lies to carry her through. In the end, it seems her strategy is best. If the emotional tangles and subtle workings of this novel seem reminiscent of an Ingmar Bergman film, Linn Ullmann comes by it honestly. The daughter of Bergman and the actress Liv Ullmann, she has inherited her fathers eye for what lies beneath the most placid-seeming surfaces, and her mothers less-is-more delivery. But Ullmann is a talent unto herself, and the novels rather downbeat themes are nicely buoyed by Karins slightly sardonic narrative. --Margaret Prior