Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am

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Overview

Mathea Martinsen has never been good at dealing with other people. After a lifetime, her only real accomplishment is her longevity: everyone she reads about in the obituaries has died younger than she is now. Afraid that her life will be over before anyone knows that she lived, Mathea digs out her old wedding dress, bakes some sweet cakes, and heads out into the world — to make her mark. She buries a time capsule out in the yard. (It gets dug up to make room for a flagpole.) She wears her late husband's watch and...

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Overview

Mathea Martinsen has never been good at dealing with other people. After a lifetime, her only real accomplishment is her longevity: everyone she reads about in the obituaries has died younger than she is now. Afraid that her life will be over before anyone knows that she lived, Mathea digs out her old wedding dress, bakes some sweet cakes, and heads out into the world — to make her mark. She buries a time capsule out in the yard. (It gets dug up to make room for a flagpole.) She wears her late husband's watch and hopes people will ask her for the time. (They never do.) Is it really possible for a woman to disappear so completely that the world won't notice her passing? The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am is a macabre twist on the notion that life "must be lived to the fullest."

Dalkey Archive Press

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Editorial Reviews

Stig Saeterbakken
“A gloomy feel-good novel about the irreparable loneliness of being human. A tragicomedy of rare quality.”
NRK
“A wonderful literary debut!”
Dagbladet
“Original and moving. Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold portrays with absurd insight the horrible and fascinating aspects of nearing death. . . .
Skomsvold has created a character adorably absurd in her language, thoughts and actions.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564788887
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 4/18/2013
  • Series: Norwegian Literature Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 147
  • Sales rank: 532,003
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kjersti A. Skomsvold

Kjersti A. Skomsvold was born in 1979 in Oslo. The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am is her first novel.

Kerri A. Pierce is a translator focusing on German, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Norwegian, and Swedish.

She is the translator of Lars Svendsen’s A Philosophy of Evil, Mela Hartwig’s Am I a Redundant Human Being?, Kjersti A. Skomsvold's The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am, and other novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

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    Well written, but a bit depressing

    I will give credit to Skomsvold that she can write very well, but the subject matter, as indicated in the summary of the book, is a bit depressing. I got about halfway through the book and stopped. I had no motivation to finish the book. I would possibly consider reading future books by this author, but this one is not for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    UNREADABLE!

    UNREADABLE!

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