Josefine Klougart, one of Denmark’s most exciting, celebrated young writers, reads from and discusses her English-language debut One of Us Is Sleeping (Open Letter, July 2016), a haunting novel about loss in all its forms.

As she returns home to visit her mother who is dying of cancer, the narrator recounts a brief, intense love affair and the grief and disillusionment that follow its end. The book’s striking imagery and magnificent prose underpin its principal theme: the jarring contrast between the recollection of stability—your parents, your childhood home, your love—and the continual endings that we experience throughout our lives.


A true-to-life, deeply poetic novel that works in the same vein as Anne Carson’s, One of Us Is Sleeping has won Klougart countless accolades and award nominations—including the Readers’ Book Award—securing her place as a major new voice in world literature.

Copies of One of Us Is Sleeping will be available for purchase and signing following the book talk.

About Josefine Klougart

Josefine Klougart has been hailed as one of Denmark’s greatest contemporary writers. She is the first Danish author ever to have two of her first three books nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize, and has been compared to Joan Didion, Anne Carson, and Virginia Woolf.

One of Us Is Sleeping (Open Letter, July 2016), is her first novel to be published in the United States.



Images courtesy of Josefine Klougart and Open Letter

MON—9-19-2016—7 PM