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The Bird Tribunal
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The Bird Tribunal (Paperback)

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Two people in exile. Two secrets. As the past tightens its grip, there may be no escape...



TV presenter Allis Hagtorn leaves her partner and her job to take voluntary exile in a remote house on an isolated fjord. But her new job as housekeeper and gardener is not all that it seems, and her silent, surly employer, 44-year-old Sigurd Bagge, is not the old man she expected. As they await the return of his wife from her travels, their silent, uneasy encounters develop into a chilling, obsessive relationship, and it becomes clear that atonement for past sins may not be enough...



Haunting, consuming and powerful, The Bird Tribunal is a taut, exquisitely written psychological thriller that builds to a shocking, dramatic crescendo that will leave you breathless.



'The Bird Tribunal is a chilly psychological thriller / domestic noir that unfolds in an austere style that perfectly captures the bleakly beautiful landscape of Norway's far north' Irish Times



`An unrelenting atmosphere of doom fails to prepare readers for the surprising resolution that engulfs this flawed pair.' Publishers Weekly



`Ravatn creates a creeping sense of unease, elegantly bringing the peace and menace of the setting to vivid life. The isolated house on the fjord is a character-like shadow in this tale of obsessions. This is domestic suspense with a twist - creepy and wonderful' Good Reading Magazine



`Chilling, atmospheric and hauntingly beautiful ... I was transfixed' Amanda Jennings



`A beautifully written story set in a captivating landscape ... it keeps you turning the pages' Sarah Ward

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryRomanceRomance Publisher: Orenda Books Publication Date: 09/01/2016 ISBN-13: 9781910633359  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Agnes Ravatn (b. 1983) is an author and columnist. She made her literary debut with the novel Week 53 (Veke 53) in 2007. Since then she has written three critically acclaimed and award-winning essay collections: Standing still (Stillstand), 2011, Popular Reading (Folkelesnad), 2011, and Operation self-discipline (Operasjon sjoldisiplin), 2014. In these works Ravatn shows her unique, witty voice and sharp eye for human fallibility. Ravatn received the Norwegian radio channel radio NRK P2 Listener's Novel Prize for this novel, a popular and important prize in Norway, in addition to the Youth Critic's Award for The Bird Tribunal which also made into a successful play, and premiered in Oslo in 2015. Rosie Hedger was born in Scotland and completed her MA (Hons) in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She has lived and worked in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and now lives in York where she works as a freelance translator. Rosie was a candidate in the British Center for Literary Translation's mentoring scheme for Norwegian in 2012, mentored by Don Bartlett. Visit her website: rosiehedger.com and follow her on Twitter @rosie_hedger

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The thing with the "Bird Tribunal" by Agnes Ravatn is that it is so spellbinding and mesmerising you won't be able to put it down once you start reading, I couldn't and flew through the book in a couple of days. Hauntingly chilling, the smouldering intrigue that starts the book leaves you with no doubt that this story is going to leave a lasting impression and guarantees that you'll remember reading it. This brooding and character driven psychological thriller features only two characters, Aliss Hagtorn and Sigurd Bagge, who are eccentric and intriguing. The story is written uniquely and utterly distinctive but remains beautifully poetic and sophisticated with an enigma of escalating tension and suspense that silently wraps itself deep in your thoughts and doesn't let go. Allis leaves her life in the city, her husband and job, to take voluntary exile in a remote house on an isolated fjord to be a housekeeper/gardener. However, silent and brooding owner, Sigurd Bagge is not the old man she was expecting. As they await the arrival of his wife Nor from her travels, their relationship becomes obsessive, chilling and all consuming but with each hiding dark secrets, it soon becomes clear that atonement for past sins may not be enough. I constantly felt my senses on guard in anticipation of something happening and at times never realised I was holding my breath. I truly LOVED this book and cannot sing it's praises enough! "The Bird Tribunal" is an excellent literary example of Nordic Noir and has been impressively translated by Rosie Hedger. Although quite a quick read this breathtakingly atmospheric slow burner still packs a chilling punch that will leave you very much deep in thought. Can only be a fabulous 5 stars!!!

- 17/02/2018
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