Josefine Klougart (b. 1985) is considered one of Scandinavia’s most important writers. Hailed as the “Virginia Woolf of Scandanavia,” Klougart mixes prose, lyric essay, drama, poetry, and images to breathtaking effect in her writing. She made her literary debut in 2010 with the novel Rise and Fall, which was nominated for the prestigious Nordic Council Literature Prize. The following year, Klougart was awarded the Danish Royal Prize for Culture. Her third novel, One of Us is Sleeping, was also nominated for a Nordic Council Literature Prize, making her the youngest author ever nominated twice for this prominent award. Of Darkness, her most recent novel, appeared in Denmark in 2014 to universal critical acclaim and became a massive bestseller in Denmark and Norway. The novel was nominated for two major literary prizes in Denmark and marked the arrival of a wholly new literary talent in world literature. Klougart studied art history and literature at Aarhaus University and graduated in 2010 from the Danish Writer’s School in Copenhagen. She has worked as an art and theatre critic and has published a number of essays for Danish radio and newspapers. Her work has also appeared in several American journals, including Salamander and World Literature Today. She currently resides in Denmark and is the editor of Den Blå Port, one of Denmark’s most prestigious literary journals.
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In this genre-bending apocalyptic novel Josefine Klougart fuses myriad literary styles to breathtaking effect in poetic meditations on life and death interspersed with haunting imagery. Her experimental novel asks readers to reconsider death, asserting sorrow and loss as beautiful and necessary aspects of living.