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When Death Takes Something From You Give It Back

When Death Takes Something From You Give It Back (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Aidt, Naja Marie
Translated by Newman, Denise

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' I raise my glass to my eldest son. His pregnant wife and daughter are sleeping above us. Outside, the March evening is cold and clear. To life! I say as the glasses clink with a delicate and pleasing sound. My mother says something to the dog. Then the phone rings. We don't ans...wer it. Who could be calling so late on a Saturday evening?' In March 2015, Naja Marie Aidt's 25-year-old son, Carl, died in a tragic accident. When Death Takes Something From You Give It Back is about losing a child. It is about formulating a vocabulary to express the deepest kind of pain. And it's about finding a way to write about a reality invaded by grief, lessened by loss. Faced with the sudden emptiness of language, Naja finds solace in the anguish of Joan Didion, Nick Cave, C.S. Lewis, Mallarme, Plato and other writers who have suffered the deadening impact of loss. Their torment suffuses with her own as Naja wrestles with words and contests their capacity to speak for the depths of her sorrow. This palimpsest of mourning enables Naja to turn over the pathetic, precious transience of existence and articulates her greatest fear: to forget. The insistent compulsion to reconstruct the harrowing aftermath of Carl's death keeps him painfully present, while fragmented memories, journal entries and poetry inch her closer to piecing Carl's life together. Intensely moving and quietly devastating, this is what is it 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.
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ISBN 9781787475366
Released NZ 21 Mar 2019
Publisher Quercus Publishing Plc
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781787475366
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Quercus Publishing Plc
Imprint Quercus Publishing
Released 21 Mar 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Aidt, Naja Marie
Translated by Newman, Denise
Category Biography & Autobiography
Coping With Death & Bereavement
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 134mm
Height: 215mm
Spine: 15mm
Dewey Code 155.937092
Weight 152g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Parental grief, Loss Psychology
NBS Text Coping with Problems & Illness
ONIX Text General/trade

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