Karate Chop

Karate Chop


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Karate Chop by Dorthe Nors

The first book in English by an acclaimed Danish writer: "beautiful, faceted, haunting stories . . . [from] a rising star" (Junot Díaz)

Karate Chop, Dorthe Nors's acclaimed story collection, is the debut book in the collaboration between Graywolf Press and A Public Space. These fifteen compact stories are meticulously observed glimpses of everyday life that expose the ominous lurking under the ordinary. While his wife sleeps, a husband prowls the Internet, obsessed with female serial killers; a bureaucrat tries to reinvent himself, exposing goodness as artifice when he converts to Buddhism in search of power; a woman sits on the edge of the bed where her lover lies, attempting to locate a motive for his violence within her own self-doubt. Shifting between moments of violence (real and imagined) and mundane contemporary life, these stories encompass the complexity of human emotions, our capacity for cruelty as well as compassion. Not so much minimalist as stealthy, Karate Chop delivers its blows with an understatement that shows a master at work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555976651
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 685,520
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Dorthe Nors is the author of five novels and the recipient of the Danish Arts Agency's Three Year Grant for "her unusual and extraordinary talent." Her stories have appeared in Agni, A Public Space, Boston Review, Ecotone, and Fence.

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Karate Chop: Stories 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spare, disturbing, thoughtful, breathtaking- just a few of the words I would use to describe this collection of short stories. The author cuts though the pages with bone dry humor, and exquisitely observed characterizations. She also has a way with dialogue. You will want to read this collection in one sitting- I did- but these are stories to be read and savored.