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NORA, OR BURN, OSLO, BURN (working title)

Johanna Frid

  • Publication date: September 2018
  • Country: SE
  • 187 print pages
  • Drama


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Denmark
  • Themes: FAMILY, Couple, PEOPLE facing life, Disease, Facing failure, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Multiculturalism, Integration, LOVE / HATE, Jealousy, Obsession


A portrait of the darkness and obsessiveness that comes with the feeling that is jealousy, and how social media feeds it and distorts reality.


Translation rights sold: Norway, Denmark, Netherlands

Winner of the Dagens Nyheter’s Culture Prize 2019.

Debut novel.

NORA, OR BURN, OSLO, BURN was published in late 2018 to great critical acclaim, top-ranked on the prestigious Dagens Nyheter Critic’s List for ten consecutive weeks, with seven weeks at no. 1.

Johanna Frid is a Swedish writer. She made her debut in 2017 with the poetry collection FAMILIEEPOS, which was nominated for the Katapult prize and the Swedish Radio's poetry prize.


It is a novel about Johanne. She is in a relationship with Emil. She is Swedish, while Emil is from Denmark. It is summer, and they are going to visit his parents in Odense, Denmark, and to take care of the house while his parents are away on holiday. Just recently she has been diagnosed with a harmless cyst on her ovaries, and she experiences a recurring pain as a result of this. They have been together since March, she describes how part of their experience of falling in love, has been learning each other’s languages, and in that way growing to understand each other. When she met him, she quickly decided to learn Danish. Now she listens to Danish radio, reads in Danish but she still feels like an outsider when she visits Denmark, the way people look at her with an empty and confused look when she tries to speak to them in Swedish. The novel shows an interesting look into the interplay between the Scandinavian countries and their languages. How these countries seem so alike and still at times feel so estranged towards each other. When Emil wants to show her an article on his computer, a message pops up from Nora, his Norwegian ex-girlfriend. A sight that sends her into a silent panic. From then on she becomes obsessed with Nora and consumed by jealousy, while her health continues to deteriorate.

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    Johanna Frid (born 1988) is a Swedish writer who lives in Copenhagen. She made her debut in 2017 with the poetry collection FAMILIEEPOS, which she wrote with Gordana Spasic, and which was nominated for the Katapult prize and the Swedish Radio's poetry prize. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from Södertörn University and an MA in Cultural Communication from the University of Southern Denmark.