When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back: Carl's Book (Paperback)

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By Naja Marie Aidt, Denise Newman (Translator)
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A mother's letters to her tragically lost son, Aidt heart-wrenchingly, yet gorgeously, lets readers taste a true embodiment of grief. And yet, she adds beauty and hope in her ballad of loss. This book will remind you of the sheer power an author's voice can have on our normal, everyday lives. You will not regret the time spent reading this.


— From When Death Takes Something From You Give It Back


Finalist for the 2019 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Translated Literature

Longlisted for the 2020 PEN Translation Award

An unflinchingly raw and lyrical exploration of a mother's grief and how it transforms her relationship to time, reality, and language.

In March 2015, Naja Marie Aidt's twenty-five-year-old son, Carl, died in a tragic accident. When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back chronicles the few first years after that devastating phone call. It is at once a sober account of life after losing a child and an exploration of the language of poetry, loss, and love. Intensely moving, When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back explores what it is to be a family, what it is to love and lose, and what it is to treasure life in spite of death's indomitable resolve.

About the Author

Naja Marie Aidt was born in Greenland and raised in Copenhagen. She is the author of eleven collections of poetry, a novel, and three short story collections, including Baboon, which won the 2008 Nordic Council Literature Prize. Her work has been translated into sixteen languages. Denise Newman is a translator and poet who has published three collections of poetry. She has translated two books by Denmark's Inger Christensen. Her translation of Naja Marie Aidt's short-fiction collection Baboon won the 2015 PEN Translation Prize.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781566895934
ISBN-10: 1566895936
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Pages: 152
Language: English