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Boknyheter #98

I denne mandagsspalten finner du større eller mindre nyhetssaker som på et eller annet vis har noe å gjøre med bøkenes verden. Alle boknyhetene jeg har skrevet om finner du her.

– Vinnerne av Bokbloggerprisen 2013 ble kåret i helga. Det var Agnes Ravatn som stakk av med prisen Årets roman for Fugletribunalet, og Ruth Lillegraven som vant i Åpen klasse med diktsamlingen Urd. Disse har så langt skrevet om saken: Bok & Samfunn, Dagbladet, Bok365, Budstikka

– Forøvrig hadde årets bokfestival over 100 000 besøkende.

– Sunniva Relling Berg mottok NBU-stipend på 40 000 kr under bokfestivalen.

– Debutantfestivalen var også i sving under Bokfestivalen. Her kan du lese litt ideen bak.

DN har skrevet en lang og god sak om bestselgersirkuset. I hvor stor grad velger egentlig den jevne leseren hva han eller hun vil lese?

– Kan en bok noen gang gjøre livet til leseren verre?

– Her er de forfatterne som har tjent mest i 2014.

Bør litteraturen ha «trigger warnings»?

– Et nasjonalt museum for klassisk litteratur har åpnet i Beijing.

– Sukrija Meholjic, som overlevde folkemordet på Balkan, mener det er ydmykende for de overlevende at Peter Handke får årets Ibsenpris.

Slik ser encyklopedier ut etter at Mary Ann Santin har hatt dem.

50 romantiske bøker for folk som hater romantiske bøker.

Må vi ha alle disse bøkene?

– Fikk dere med dere Doodlen til ære for Leo Tolstoj?

– Mursteiner er et amerikansk fenomen, menes det i denne spalten.

– Den danske e-boktjenesten Mofibo utvider til Sverige og har allerede fått med seg forlaget Norstedts på laget.

– Et nytt prosjekt skal bringe litteratur fra EU til kinesiske lesere.

Stephen King fans vil nok like dette intervjuet av ham.

– Klarer initiativtakerne å samle de £520 000 som skal til for å redde hytta til William Blake?

– NRK foreslår at du koser deg med følgende krim i høst.

– Skottene skal stemme for eller mot uavhengighet denne uken. Samtidig blir et 300 år gammelt unionsvennlig dikt lagt ut for salg.

– Stadig mer koreansk litteratur blir oversatt til engelsk.

Dårlige diktere fra popkulturen.

– Fantasy-forfatteren Graham Joyce er død, 59 år gammel.

Kinesere leser også om Kurt Wallander.

Legenden om Scott og Zelda.

Den yngre garde leser mer enn de eldre, viser en ny studie utført på amerikanere.

– 550 Jane Austen-fans møter opp i kostymer og slår verdensrekord.

– Alan Moore har skrevet ei bok på en million ord.

Topp ti bøker om Nigeria.

I have the right to destroy myself – Young-ha Kim

Sjanger: Roman
Først utgitt: 1996
Denne utgave utgitt: 2007
Forlag: Harcourt
Format: Heftet
Sider: 119
ISBN: 9780156030809

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Om boka: A spectral, nameless narrator haunts the lost and wounded of big-city Seoul, suggesting solace in suicide. Wandering through the bright lights of their existence, C and K are brothers who fall in love with the same woman – Se-yeon. As their lives intersect, they tear at each other in a struggle to find connection in their fast-paced atomized world. Dreamlike and cinematic, I have the right to destroy myself brilliantly affirms Young-ha Kim as Korea’s leading young literary master.
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Jeg skal være ærlig. Jeg falt fullstendig pladask for omslaget og tittelen på denne boka. Klikk på omslaget for å se det i større versjon – er det ikke fantastisk vakkert? Og tittelen? Poetisk og mystisk. Ja, for ikke å snakke om vaskeseddelen, med den mystiske fortelleren som oppfordrer andre til selvmord. Følgende utdrag fra romanen finnes trykket på baksiden:

I don’t encourage murder. I have no interest in one person killing another. I only want to draw out morbid desires, imprisoned deep in the unconscious. This lust, once freed, starts growing. Their imagination run free, and they soon discover their potential … They are waiting for someone like me.

Jeg var altså forelsket før jeg i det hele tatt hadde åpnet boka. Det kan jo være farlig. Heldigvis klarte teksten å stå til forventningene. Men det er vanskelig å snakke om hvordan og hvorfor. Det er mye ved historien som beholder sin mystikk. Som for eksempel kvinnen fortelleren møter i Wien, hun fra Hong Kong. Når hun forteller historien om seg selv er det umulig å vite om det hele er sant, eller hvor eventuelt fakta går over til fiksjon. Og når det gjelder minner generelt, kan vi egentlig skille mellom sannhet og den oppdiktede sannheten? Grålinjen mellom det surrealistiske og det realistiske fascinerer meg. Jeg vil ikke påstå at den er like tydelig hos denne forfatteren som hos for eksempel japanske Haruki Murakami, men det er definitivt et lite frø av mystikk som spirer og gror midt i fortellingen.

He starts to tire, and tells himself that he doesn’t care where she is. She’s like mildew that has invaded his life. She’s the kind of mold that wouldn’t have appeared if he lived austerely, the kind that breeds only in the dark, neglected corners of a building. She has infected his life, not caring what he wants. He hates himself for trudging through the snow looking for a woman who was having sex with his brother on the day their mother was buried. Seriously, I don’t want to know where she is or whether she’s dead or alive. Still, even as he thinks this, he advances, putting one foot in front of the other.

Over disse 119 sidene er det altså flere historier som flettes sammen. Det er ikke så mye man får fortalt over så liten plass, men språklig synes jeg faktisk det er meget effektivt. Forfatteren forholder seg relativt nøytral og spartansk til sin egen fortelling, og denne, tja, roen, er for meg meget effektivt. Det er en historie om liv og død, depresjon, triste skjebner, selvmord. Og det fortelles med den største ro. Jeg-personen ser litt på seg selv om en kunstner og en gud. Som han uttrykker på side 10: «Through this act of creation, I strive to become more like god. There are only two ways to be a god: through creation or murder.» Han er altså ikke interessert i å myrde noen, og tar avstand fra dette. Det eneste han ønsker er å lokke frem et ønske om selvmord hos de desperate og deprimerte. Den røde tråden i romanen er denne jeg-personen.

But where is she now? Is she with C? C always takes everything. K is used to this. Some people take things as if that’s the most natural act in the world. When he thinks about his older brother, all of his memories are about having things stolen from him. When he was very young, before he started going to school, they had a puppy. The puppy was cute, with fluffy brown fur. It was always in C’s arms. K tried hard to win its affections, but the puppy would always run back to his brother. Even to this day, K doesn’t know why; he doesn’t want to know.

Hvis jeg skal klage på noe, skulle jeg ønske den var lenger. Jeg skulle ønske jeg-personen fortalte meg mer om sine klienter. Jeg vil høre om flere skjebner, flere personer. Jeg vil at Young-ha Kim skal fortelle meg flere historier. Men samtidig er det antageligvis nettopp det faktum at romanen er så kort som gjør at den fremstår som mystisk og sterk.

Why does nothing change, even when you set out for a faraway place?


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