PUBLISHERS WEEKLY ON KARATE CHOP: Starred review: Nors’s writing doesn’t just observe the details of life—online searches, laundry, fantasies, conversations with semi-strangers, compulsions—it offers a marvelous, truthful take on how these details illustrate our souls. (Read more HERE)
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW: Unsettling and poetic. . . . Some pieces, like one about a four-pound tomato, are oddly beautiful; others are brilliantly disturbing.
KIRKUS REVIEW ON KARATE CHOP: These amuse-bouches are a fine introduction to the author’s work. (Read more HERE)
PARIS REVIEW “WHAT WER’RE LOVING”: Dorthe Nors is a writer of moments—quiet, raw portraits of existential meditation, at times dyspeptic, but never unsympathetic. (Read more HERE)
BOOKLIST: In the span of two pages, she is able to both build and unmake a character, achieving the same complexity that other writers require entire novels to establish. (…) Karate Chop is the first of Nors’ books to be translated to English but certainly won’t be the last. Lovers of the art of literary fiction, students of psychology, and everyone looking for a quick, thought- provoking read should all indulge themselves in the subversive delight of this short story collection.
VOGUE: The short-short stories in Danish sensation Nors’s slim, potent collection, Karate Chop . . . Evoke the weirdness and wonder of relating in the digital age.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Nors illuminates an ominous world of disconnected people trying to make sense of their dislocation…Nors’ affectless, matter-of-fact storytelling…is the perfect complement to the low-wattage desperation and inertia her characters feel…Karate Chop is just like that: It loves you and wants to teach you, but it also wants to harm you
OPRAH: “In this collection of stories, Danish fiction comes off a little like Danish furniture, spare and sublime. Author Dorthe Nors knows how to capture the smallest moments and sculpt them into the unforgettable.”
ELLE: “The intricately crafted stories in Karate Chop, from popular Danish writer Dorthe Nors, focus on ordinary occurrences . . . and then twist them into brilliantly slanted cautionary tales about desire, romance, deception, and dread.”
STAR TRIBUNE: Karate Chop” is a collection of brittle, blackly comic and quietly explosive stories that provide snapshots of modern Danish life and home in at daring angles to highlight the quirks, agonies and vulnerabilities of the human condition. . . . The result reads like a master class in compression, precision and economy of language
THE NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS: “Precisely crafted and melancholy stories. . . . Karate Chop displays an admirable willingness to take on difficult stories, and Dorthe Nors tells these difficult stories very well.”
THE DAILY BEAST: Not dissimilar to the melancholic interior scenes painted by Vilhelm Hammershøi, numerous films by Thomas Vinterberg, and even the churning sounds of composer Niels Gade, these stories look underneath deceptively quiet surfaces, finding undercurrents that may never fully express themselves but repetitively hint at their constant presence. . . . Peppered with themes of memory, violence, loss, and separation, these pages quietly announce a confident and valuable new voice in translated fiction.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Horror and comedy both require timing, and Dorthe Nors has it. The stories in her newly translated collection “Karate Chop” are less meditations on human savagery than riffs on it, understated monologues of everydayness through which the horror surfaces like a joke. Blink and you might miss the punch line, whether it’s a suitcase full of body parts or a more ordinary dismemberment.
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER: ”These incisive short pieces . . . Move quickly to twisty endings.”
THE RUMPUS: Exceptional. . . . Nors is adroit at offering powerful summation at the precise moment with a single cutting phrase or an unexpected observation. . . . These brief realistic stories provide universal insight into an everyday, modern existence
BROOKLYN DAILY: Each piece, while deceptively short, contains enormous power and offers keen insight into the brief, sometimes overlooked, but often lifechanging moments of our lives. I can’t wait to see more from this writer
MARIE CLAIRE: “In this slim collection of stories, the Danish Nors examines everyday issues with intensity and force.”
LARGEHEARTED BOY: Dorthe Nors acutely Karate Chop mines the unexpected and explosive from everyday lives in this brilliantly understated short story collection.
THE ATLANTIC: Karate Chop marks the arrival of a new literary talent to American shores. The longest story in the collection is nine pages, and most are only three or four—surprising narratives that brim with associative richness. Each piece is brief, unpredictable, and thrilling as a blown-up balloon’s flight, held by the nozzle and let go.
SHELF AWARENESS FOR READERS – STARRED REVIEW: The stories in Karate Chop are as tremendous as they are brief. . . . With each story weighing in at a mere four or five pages, Nors doesn’t waste any time delivering a knockout. . . . [Nors's] spare prose and scrupulous structures leave her stories feeling haunted by the scent of warm laundry and gasoline, the ache of love and fresh bruises and the sound of a direct hit reverberating in ambient normalcy. . . . Striking.
Reading Dorthe Nors’s work, one is reminded of the thrills and dangers of living. Memories, laughter, a gesture: everything casts a shadow, meaningful or mysterious. These stories prove that no loss is too small, and each moment counts.” Yiyun Li
This collection is a marvel. It takes only one story – and really just a paragraph – to note the excellence of this work in its unsentimental and fortright account of people slogging through their lives.” Fiona Maazel (Last Last Chance & Woke Up Lonely)
Beautiful faceted haunting stories . . . Dorthe Nors is fantastic . . . a rising star of Danish letters. Junot Díaz
MY STORY “THE HERON” IN THE NEW YORKER – read it HERE
INTERVIEW IN THE NEW YORKER – HERE
MIN NOVELLE “HEJREN” I THE NEW YORKER – læs mere HER
Karate Chop will be published by Graywolf Press February 4th, 2014. It will be the first A Public Space book published by Graywolf. Read more HERE
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