The first book in English by an acclaimed Danish author: “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 on a regular basis life that expose the ominous lurking under the strange. Whilst 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 searching for power; a woman sits on the edge of the bed where her lover lies, making an attempt to locate a motive for his violence within her own self-doubt. Shifting between moments of violence (real and imagined) and mundane recent life, these stories encompass the complexity of human emotions, our capacity for cruelty in addition to compassion. Not such a lot minimalist as stealthy, Karate Chop delivers its blows with a real understatement that shows a master at work.