The Danish edition of The Power by Naomi Alderman on a wooden desk.

Kraften

Reklame, da bogen er et anmeldereksempler fra forlaget

Originaltitel: The Power

Forfatter: Naomi Alderman

Udgivelse: Forlaget Alhambra, 2018

Jeg er nødt til at starte med at sige, at dette er en af de smukkeste bøger, jeg nogensinde har ejet. Til et bloggerevent hos Carlsen om YA-litteratur i april (som du kan læse mere om her) sagde forlagschef Christian Bach at hans filosofi var, at bøger skal være lavet i lækker kvalitet, hvis man vil have at folk skal købe dem. Jeg kunne ikke være mere enig! Jeg fravælger altid pocketbooks (de der små paperbackbøger med tætskrevne sider, der sjældent er mere end 12cm bred og 18cm høj), og hvis prisforskellen er lav vælger jeg oftest min bog som hardback eller indbundet. Det gør bare oplevelsen lidt mere lækker!

Kraften af Naomi Alderman udgivet på forlaget Alhambra er smuk og virkelig lækker at have i hånden.

For det første er den i hardback format, hvilket betyder at den er nem at lægge i tasken uden at frygte, at hjørnerne bøjer, og at man kan læse den med en hånd uden at frygte at ryggen knækker og får revner.The book The Power showing of its beautful spine

For det andet er ryggen lavet, på en måde jeg aldrig har oplevet før (se billede)  – og helt ærligt: Det er så fantastisk! På den her måde kan siderne bevæge sig mere frit, når man holder bogen åben, uden at det slider på bogryggen! Jeg har ingen anelse om, hvad det kaldes at gøre det på denne måde – så hvis du ved det, må du meget gerne oplyse mig!

For det tredje kommer bogen med eget bogmærke i lækker og holdbar kvalitet og en flot rød farve, der passer til resten af farverne på bogen. Og når nu vi er ved farvevalget, så er jeg vild med valget af farver til bogens omslag. Farverne harmonere smukt med hinanden og omslaget er så gennemført at selv siderne er farvet i kanten.

Men nu skal vi videre:

Kraften

I Kraften følger vi fire liv fra forskellige dele af verden, der vikles ind i den samme historie. Overalt begynder teenagepiger nemlig pludselig at udvikle evnen til at give kraftige stød gennem deres hænder. En evne, der snart viser sig at kunne vende op og ned på kvinders skæbne overalt i verden, da det er en evne, der kan udfordre mændenes ellers overlegne fysik. Rundt om i verden håndteres denne forandring naturligvis på forskellige måder, men uanset, hvordan man forholder sig til forandringen, så har det konsekvenser for alle.

Mine tanker om Kraften

Kraften er en stærk fortælling om magt og ulighed i en verden meget lig vores. Alderman eksperimenterer med magtbalancen, og lader kvinderne trække det længste strå, for dernæst at berette om, hvad det kunne betyde for verden. Kraften er en nærmest dystopisk science fiction fortælling, der er svær at lægge fra sig, og som samtidig sætter tanker i gang hos læseren. Alderman griber fat i mange vigtige tematikker, der er er aktuelle for vores samfund i dag, og får på en gang fat i både spændingslæseren og den eftertænksomme læser.

Jeg har haft rigtigt svært ved at finde ud af, hvilke ord, jeg skulle bruge til at beskrive min holdning til Kraften. Den er uden tvivl en page-turner, der samtidig sætter masser af tanker og overvejelser i gang i læserens hoved. Kraften er skrevet i et letlæst sprog, og ofte holdt i kortere sætninger, som medvirker til at gøre læsningen virkelig intens.

Samtidig følte jeg dog at denne skrivestil tog noget af karaktererne, og da jeg mere er en karakterdreven læser end en handlingsdreven læser, så følte jeg desværre, at der manglede noget, for at jeg skulle være helt og aldeles fanget. Karaktererne virkede flade, og var ikke særligt sympatiske, hvilket betød, at jeg havde svært ved at holde med nogen af dem. Det føltes som om, karaktererne ikke fik lov til at udfolde sig, hvilket desværre betød at jeg mistede lidt af interessen.

Kraften kan anbefales til alle, der interesserer sig for feminisme, for magtfortællinger og/eller for den reflekterende læser, der elsker at blive stimuleret af historier om aktuelle emner.

The Danish edition of The Power by Naomi Alderman on a wooden desk.

International Women’s Day

Indlægget indeholder reklame, da en enkelt bog er et anmeldereksemplar.

Today, on March 8, it is International Women’s Day. A day where we celebrate what women have achieved throughout the years and commemorate the movement for women’s rights. A lot of strong women (and men of course too) have worked hard to gain the rights we have today and men and women still struggle to achieve equal rights for all.

Therefore today is a very important day, because it also commemorates progress.

But what have today to do with books nd literature, you ask. And I can understand your wonderment. I have decided, that I want to share with you eight (since it is March 8) books featuring fierce females on this day as my own sort of celebration. The books are different genres and features different kinds of strong women. I sincerely hope to be able to recommend a read for everybody that comes by this post.

The Books

Firstly I’d like to make it clear that there are MANY books on this subject and it has been sort of hard to pick just eight. These eight books have been picked based on their voice, and I have only picked books that I have read or plan to read. Also, the books will be listed in no particular order!

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

This book features a young Marjane growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is a memoir in the form of a graphic novel and it is both uniquely beautiful and heartbreakingly honest. Marjane tells the story of this revolution from a child’s pespective, and creates a humorous tone to the very grave situation she finds herself in.

Dødevaskeren (The Corpse Cleaner) by Sara Omar

This is a rather new book published in Danish about a young girl and her family in Kurdistan. Frmesk, the young girl, is unwanted by her father simply because of her gender. This leads to a childhood where she constantly doubts her worth and place. Her well-read and sceptical grandparents become a light in her life. This heart-breaking story is Sara Omar’s debut novel and it is a seriously strong one of that. She has been under protection out of fear for her life after writing this novel, since it critiques a lot of the actions made based on religion.

The Cosmopolitan Islander by M. P. Tonnesen

This novel tells the story of a woman, who learns to find herself and her place in the 21st Century. We follow Chloe, a strong and independent Danish girl, who grows up in Denmark but moves to England to make a career for herself. She, however, suddenly finds herself moving to an island, where she is almost forced to be a stay-at-home-mum, because of the lack of possibilities for her on the island. This novel is a marvellous story of female identity and of life as this amazing thing that will take you places if only you let it.

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing by Jen Castleberry

In this fantasy novel we follow Cody/Cayda, who is a young girl living in a very poor part of her country together with her parents and sisters. Fifteen years ago their town was burned almost entirely to the ground by a Fire Scale dragon, which means that there are no longer any tourists to help develop their economy. Therefore, Cayda’s father has decided to train Cayda to be able to slay a Fire Scale, so she can win the grand prize and thus provide for her family. The only problem is, that only men can hope to claim this prize. Cayda has therefore lived as Cody since she was around five years old under the brutal will of her father. Everybody but her sisters seems to have forgotten that she was once a little girl. When the time comes, Cody travels to Yurka to slay the dragon, and on her way, she meets a man, who realises that Cody travels with a secret, but at the same time sees great potential in her.

The Power by Naomi Alderman (REKLAME – Anmeldereksemplar)

This sci-fi novel, that comes out in Danish today, tells the story of how a simple, yet powerful, change in the female body can suddenly change the balance of power in the world. Slowly, women realise that they can give men shocks. This novel therefore describes a change, but also the reactions and the thoughts that follow such a new ability. It is thought-provoking, however funny and interesting, since it not only makes the reader think about the power balance, but also sparks thoughts about what we can permit ourselves to do.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking was by far the most awesome girl I knew when I was a little girl. The day my father (accidently, I might add) told me that she was a product of Tommy and Annika’s imagination my heart broke a little. Pippi is not only physically superior to everybody else; she is smart, honest, funny and completely her own. She embarks on a vast variety of different adventures, some of which are fairly normal (like going to school), but she also goes on pirate adventures. You should definitely know about this girl. Even if the books about her are really written for children and are written many years ago.

New World: Rising by Jennifer Wilson

In this dystopian novel do we follow Phoenix, who lives alone in a city that has almost fallen apart. Everyone lives in tribes and it is often either kill or be killed, when you meet someone else. On the other side of a wall is the Sanctuary; a place, for everyone, who can follow the rules. Break the rules and you are thrown out into Phoenix’s city. For six years has she managed to stay alive and under the radar, but suddenly she sees a little girl in trouble. A girl not older than she was, when she her parents were killed in front of her and she was left alone in this world. She decides to interfere and help the girl, which completely turns her world around as she is captured by a resistance movement, who plans to fight the Sanctuary. ‘Cause maybe it isn’t really a sanctuary.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This thriller is really remarkable. It tells the story of a woman, Rachel, who is almost disintegrating due to her intake of a vast amount of alcohol. Her life is spiralling downward, but from her seat on the train she can follow a few minutes in a couple’s life every day, which brings her great pleasure. When one day she reads that the woman from that couple is missing, she decides to take action. At the same time she struggles with her ex-husband and his new wife, who lives just down the street from the couple she follows. Rachel is a broken woman, who slowly and unsteadily raises herself and finds her voice again. It is also a crime thriller, told through various points of views and spun together in a remarkable way.

 

Happy International Women’s Day

If you can recommend other books featurering awesome women feel free to drop a comment below and share it with the rest of us! I will appreciate it!

I hope you have a wonderful March 8!