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A Postcard for Annie by Ida Jessen
May 10, 2022 | ISBN 9781953861221

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“In A Postcard for Annie Ida Jessen has honed to perfection her own quite unique form of psychological realism, in a work in which, once more, the women take centre stage; in which secrets, irrational forces and often anything but sensible explanations prevail—and in which she proves herself to be a brilliant depictor of people who find themselves in situations that are both familiar and far-out.”  —Danish Literary Magazine
“Danish writer Ida Jessen’s A Postcard for Annie has at its heart a possible suicide and the reaction of witnesses, especially the narrator–a fascinating narrative with various unexpected twists.”  —The Irish Times

Praise for Jessen’s A Change of Time, translated by Martin Aitken
“In A Change of Time, Ida Jessen has crafted a masterpiece of the epistolary novel told in diary entries. Each log is rich with detail … Here, one-liners—beautifully translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken—are deeply felt.” —Bibi Deitz, Bookforum

“The text shines as an honest reckoning with the death of a spouse—but one in a deeply companionless marriage—and the life of two people who shared little but space… Jessen, the Danish translator of Marilynne Robinson, among others, proves to have a keen Robinsonian streak of her own. She writes with the same narrative generosity, the same belief in the dignity and voice of characters that might usually be dismissed.”  —Joel Pinckney, The Millions

“Wit and vivid descriptions are presented in equal measure, as issues of sexual desire and the need for both solitude and companionship come to the fore. An engaging, honest, and beautifully written look at love, loss, and self-realization.”  —Kirkus

“Jessen is a talented and empathetic writer (and kudos must be given to translator Aitken, whose translation is supple and luminous), and has imbued a quiet story about a woman finding herself after her husband’s death with poignancy and stunning humanity.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Imagine picking up a woman’s diary and trying to decipher her character. Imagine teasing out enough from the details to understand her life, her loves, and the circumstances that have made her who she is… Ida Jessen’s novel A Change of Time brings this story to life with spare, yet beautiful, prose superbly translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken.”  —M.K. Tod, Washington Independent Review of Books

“Weaving together diary entries, poems, letters (both opened and unopened) and song, Ida Jessen’s A Change of Time, translated from the Danish by Martin Aitken, is a stirring reflection on death and mourning, loneliness, and female identity in a changing 20th century Denmark.”  —Asymptote Journal

“A Change of Time is a book of masterful restraint, and this restraint is a kind of tenderness. It is a book that understands that desire permeates everything – nothing human can be cleansed of it; and that sometimes love clings most inextricably to the smallest places – misjudgment, invisibility, loneliness. It is a book that deepens and dignifies both our innocence and our fallibility.”  —Anne Michaels

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