Novelist Kjersti Skomsvold is one of Norway’s most acclaimed young writers. Her debut novel, The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am, is the tragicomic story of Mathea Martinsen, a recluse nearing the end of her life who is afraid that she will die without anyone knowing she lived. With a mix of naïveté and gallows humour, Mathea vainly attempts to make her mark. Skomsvold talks about blending the macabre and the whimsical to create this original and compassionate tale about the loneliness of being human.
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This event was part of The Bookworm International Literary Festival 2012 in Beijing.
Introduction music: Song Etrange (奇怪) written by Zhang Si’an (Djang San, Jean-Sébastien Héry). Extract from the album One Man Live Orchestra Vol 1.