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Clearing Out

A Novel

2019
Author:

Helene Uri
Translated by Barbara Sjoholm

Clearing Out

WINNER OF THE NADIA CHRISTENSEN PRIZE FOR TRANSLATION FROM THE AMERICAN-SCANDINAVIAN FOUNDATION

 

In a masterful blend of fiction and autobiography, a Norwegian novelist sends her character to the far north to learn what she can about their Sami ancestry

Inspired by Helene Uri’s own journey into her family’s ancestry, Clearing Out is an emotionally resonant novel by one of Norway’s most celebrated authors. In its depiction of the forgotten and the fiercely held memories among the Sea (sjø) Sami of northern Norway, the novel is a powerful statement on what is lost, and what remains in reach, in the character and composition of contemporary life. 

Inspired by Helene Uri’s own journey into her family’s ancestry, Clearing OutsjøClearing Out offers a solemn reflection on how identities, like families, are formed and fractured and recovered as stories are told. In its depiction of the forgotten and the fiercely held memories among the Sami of northern Norway, the novel is a powerful statement on what is lost, and what remains in reach, in the character and composition of contemporary life.

Awards

Nadia Christensen Prize for translation from the American-Scandinavian Foundation

Clearing Out

Helene Uri is a Norwegian novelist whose writing has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She is a trained linguist and the author of thirty books, including Honningtunger and De beste blant ossBy the Fire: Sami Folktales and Legends (Minnesota, 2019).

Clearing Out

Lyrical, brave, and luminous, Clearing Out offers the overdue translation of a signature Norwegian voice into rapturous English.

Rebecca Dinerstein, author of The Sunlit Night

I’ve long been fascinated by the culture of the Sami people and the part of the world that Helene Uri explores in her new novel. Beautifully translated, Clearing Out is a well-crafted investigation of the stories we inherit and the stories we create.

Vendela Vida, author of Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name

One of Helene Uri’s most exciting books . . . executed with a living presence and an inquisitiveness that is bound to spellbind.

Hamar Arbeiderblad

Convincing solemnity and stylish simplicity.

Aftenposten

Uri draws up an enticing picture of [Northern places] constantly steeped in darkness.

Dagsavisen