The book is just out from Verso Books. The diary had been a Christmas present and I had written in it for a few months before I got bored. I winced at the sight of it, but I still carried it upstairs and left it on the kitchen table. I did some ironing and continued to ignore it, but when I went to bed, I took it with me.
Will and Testament by Vigdis Hjorth review – the repercussions of childhood suffering
Vigdis Hjorth: ‘I won’t talk about my family… I’m in enough trouble’ | Fiction | The Guardian
Three new novels — by Annie Ernaux, Vigdis Hjorth and Ocean Vuong — attempt to salvage something from painful intimate memories. It strikes me that this moment gestures to how a number of books published in the UK this year engage with memory: as something intimately connected to the self, yet unknown and unreliable; something that must be continually grasped. Courtesy: Fitzcarraldo Editions. Bergljot continually reconstructs and recounts her memories, without reaching resolution. If loss constantly returns, time is no healer. Both Bergljot and Ernaux remain caught between traumatic instant and a recovery that is ongoing and unresolved.
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If one member does not share this official, nice story, there is a big tension. I think I have given a voice to that person who has a more complex story, who is not prepared to be part of it. Hjorth, 60, is talking about her unsettling, beautifully constructed novel Will and Testament , in which a woman in her 50s, a magazine editor in Oslo, capsizes her family by insisting that her father sexually abused and raped her as a child. In the course of that earlier discussion, Hjorth had insisted repeatedly on the sanctity of fiction, the right of the author to both invent and to mine personal experience just as she sees fit.