Days in the History of Silence



❮Read❯ ➹ Days in the History of Silence ➼ Author Merethe Lindstrøm – E17streets4all.co.uk From the acclaimed Nordic Council Literature Prize winner, a story that reveals the devastating effects of mistaking silence for peace and feeling shame for inevitable circumstancesEva and Simon have From the acclaimed Nordic Council Literature the History PDF/EPUB Á Prize winner, a story that reveals the devastating effects of mistaking silence for peace and feeling shame for inevitable circumstancesEva and Simon have spent most of their adult lives together He is a physician and she is a teacher, and they have three grown daughters and a comfortable home Yet what binds them together isn t only affection and solidarity but also the painful Days in Kindle - facts of their respective histories, which they keep hidden even from their own children But after the abrupt dismissal of their housekeeper and Simon s increasing withdrawal into himself, the past can no longer be repressedLindstr m has crafted a masterpiece about the grave mistakes we make when we misjudge the legacy of war, common prejudices, and our own strategies of survival.Days in the History of Silence

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  • 231 pages
  • Days in the History of Silence
  • Merethe Lindstrøm
  • English
  • 15 January 2017
  • 1590515951

10 thoughts on “Days in the History of Silence

  1. says:

    Right from the opening pages, it is evident that this is a riveting novel, one that will grab you by the lapels and keep you enthralled throughout its pages.Eva, the narrator, relates a menacing tale about her encounter with an intruder while her daughters were still young I was the one who let him in In retrospect, she says, Later, I called it the episode When I talked about it with other people The episode is the anticipation of somethingBut there was nothing , he rang the do Right from the opening pages, it is evident that this is a riveting novel, one that will grab you by the lapels and keep you enthralled throughout its pages.Eva, the narrator, relates a menacing tale about her encounter with an intruder while her daughters were still young I was the one who let him in In retrospect, she says, Later, I called it the episode When I talked about it with other people The episode is the anticipation of somethingBut there was nothing , he rang the doorbell that day, and after that he disappeared The opening sets the stage for the episodic quality of this novel Drama is always lurking beneath the surface and sometimes rises to the surface with the clear sense that something bad is about to happen, but this isn t a novel about action it s a novel about inaction.Eva and her husband are an elderly Norwegian and now he s mute, a metaphor of the history of silence the two of them have shared She muses, Underneath everything, the house, the children, all the years of movement and unrest, there has been, this silence That it has simply risen to the surface, pushed by external changes Over and over, themes and motifs rise and fall again both individual and societal retreats into unconscionable silence The abandonment of those who deserve love and caring whether it s a child, a dog, or an entire people The need to seek comfort and refuge and the failure of faith Perhaps most of all, the search for an authentic self narrative.I thought this book was absolutely brilliant, beautifully atmospheric and crafted, insightfully focused on the repercussions of secret keeping and missed connections, with a remote yet descriptive style that perfectly captures every scene It is magnificently translated by Anne Bruce and a must read for those who love introspective literary fiction

  2. says:

    At one point in the story the narrator a woman in her early sixties finds an empty snail shell in her closet She suspects her husband to have placed it there, but to tell her what What is the message of the shell Her husband has withdrawn into silence caused by dementia or depression or a willful silence, we don t quite know Each of them, husband and wife, has things in their life they decided to be silent about, with themselves, with each other, with their children, with others Painfu At one point in the story the narrator a woman in her early sixties finds an empty snail shell in her closet She suspects her husband to have placed it there, but to tell her what What is the message of the shell Her husband has withdrawn into silence caused by dementia or depression or a willful silence, we don t quite know Each of them, husband and wife, has things in their life they decided to be silent about, with themselves, with each other, with their children, with others Painful truths or just truths that seemed inconvenient to be open about Truths that could have been accepted and shared and thus transform pain and guilt into community The beauty and the quiet terror of this book is that you feel in your bones that it is possible in this life to wait and wait to reach out, to speak what you most want to say, to wait oneday to make the connections that make life worth living, and then it is too late It is possible to let yourself go spiritually mute, to let yourself fall into living a life that has no living flesh inside, no life, an empty shell One of those books of simple truth, written with delicate beauty, that may, if you let it, scare you awakebefore it is too late

  3. says:

    4.5 A short domestic novel from Norway, with a stillness and force reminiscent of Bergman and Dreyer I m not sure how it does it this review might need YMMV every other sentence It doesn t sound different from a lot of other literary fiction, yet it had unusual effects Why, simply by mentioning similar items, and not in great detail, did it call up memories of objects from my own earlier life with a vividness I never thought I d experience again The seat coverings in a family car from the 4.5 A short domestic novel from Norway, with a stillness and force reminiscent of Bergman and Dreyer I m not sure how it does it this review might need YMMV every other sentence It doesn t sound different from a lot of other literary fiction, yet it had unusual effects Why, simply by mentioning similar items, and not in great detail, did it call up memories of objects from my own earlier life with a vividness I never thought I d experience again The seat coverings in a family car from the late 80s, sight, texture and smell the rough, potentially grazing surface of church stonework the Christmas pudding scent of a newly opened packet of cigarettes and the little flakes of tobacco visible inside each one I wanted to grab them all as they went past, but too many so I had to settle for enjoying the ride Why did this book so often hoover all my attention in when it has the potential to be reduced to litfic cliches It was doing so from the first, before I realised everything it was about What alchemy is there in the translation that made it so special without it being apparent how It was recommended by someone whose taste I greatly respect, who is not on GR, but I did not expect to be emotionally ambushed like this by an ostensibly quiet, grey book The mysterious attention hoovering quality was there from the first, but it was the resonance of the narrator s experience and the way she related it that knocked me sideways with some kind of sonic boom This is another book I m looking over just now late Sept 2015 that s been sitting with a part done review for weeks or months, because I had too many quotes or too many things to say, for which I could not find the right words A lot of words and noise here, for a book about silence Eva, the narrator, and her husband Simon are a retired middle class Norwegian couple He goes silent on her this might be something to do with ageing, some sort of manifestation of incipient dementia but it certainly has something psychological, if not everything, to do with a mysterious incident connected to their old cleaner who left, and to unspoken family secrets Their adult children are upset and puzzled that the cleaner was fired because they thought she was great See, it just sounds like yet another middle class novel, doesn t it But middle class novels are as they are because they connect with quite a lot of readers who grew up in a middle class household And three chords were struck One, the particularity of this secret view spoiler Simon is Jewish and the children have never been told this or of his experiences as a boy hiding during the war Part of my family has been somewhat obfuscatory about their history Jewishness would be a plausible explanation hide spoiler Second, missing someone who was paid for looking after albeit here the cleaner was fired by Eva and Simon and she had helped them it s not that parents got rid of someone looking after kids that the kids liked And if only their adult children had known why, they d have thought it a good reason.Third the way the unspoken of one generation manifests in problems of the nextThe girls have always done what they themselves wanted Apart from Helena, perhaps I see us in her Everything we have been afraid of, our cowardice, it has become visible in her The evasion, the silence. Later I study Helena, there is something I have always regarded as glassy, brittle, about her She was always afraid when she was little, afraid of the water, of the attic, of the dark.Perhaps it comes from the fear she has inherited without actually knowing what she is scared of, could not know.At one time I must have thought it would protect her Not knowing, that it would make her, make them, safer But when I look at her now, it strikes me that it has had the opposite effect Maybe it works that way, that what you guess at terrifies youthan what you are told The blurred, nameless apparition. It s something I find myself periodically wanting to explain in some discussion or other, but it s difficult to do rigorously without attaching pages of psychology textbook about implicit memory, and how learning happens from hundreds and thousands of tiny repeated utterances and actions, and checking what the newest stuff says about mirror neurons in humans at least in quite a lot of fiction the occurrence is already accepted without having to go into microscopic detail of process.Fourth the silence I ve had three experiences of falling for people profoundly, making a connection which seemed as if it was too rare to breakand each at some point fell into a prolonged and furious sulk or a deep depression something of which each already had a major history and became silent, or effectively so, whilst still in a way present, either bodily or via very terse communications The most difficult instance I ve described before as like having a Dementor in the flat, because it was impossible not to spiral down myself Eva s experience doesn t have such melodrama to it it begins gradually His silence came gradually over the course of a few months, half a year He might say thanks for the meal or bye He has become as formal as a hotel guest, seemingly as frosty as a random passenger you bump into on a bus. This would have been an unbelievably helpful book to have had at those times, because she expresses I need to tell this to someone, how it feels, how it is so difficult to live with someone who has suddenly become silent It is not simply the feeling that he is no longer there It is the feeling that you are not either. And she still ticks over day to day, functional and whole and getting on with her own stuff which has to make it easier for the near silent person One can know intellectually that it isn t a good idea to take such a thing personally, whilst emotionally still experiencing it that way despite oneself I like quite a lot of space myself, can understand a sense of being crowded or being subjected to unwanted expectation some other people had conversely made me feel crowded and I was always trying to getspace from them , but the distressing tangle of empathising and simultaneously being the bearer of those expectations was enormously difficult It s not a scenario there are guides to coping with, in the way there might be for, say, your partner is drinking excessively , so it was particularly confounding I usually find the way out of such confusion is an example of how to be, the sort you can really only get from detailed writing, or from knowing someone as a friend Eva s calm coldness in some of her family relationships brings no shame to the situation, and not being mired in shame was a lot of what I needed in this sort of psychological dynamic you need to stop blaming yourself in order to be less culpable, a bit of headfuck of an idea in itself you need to think about something else, like with flying in Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Then there is the always useful reminder re any relationship He can t be anybody s He isn t a thing. This book was what I was looking for, if I d thought to look at all Unfortunately it wasn t available back then Eva is a nicely complicated character, with aspects I liked and disliked She is the one who didn t want to talk about things to the children, a type of character I m usually angry with, but there was too much shared experience for me to be that cross She can be puritanical and functional I have always felt a certain unease at the sight of the interior decoration of churches The coolness of the walls, the stained glass windows everything on the one hand invites respect and yet nonetheless has a somewhat vainglorious quality, intended to provoke admiration Holiness aspiring to be made manifest through aesthetics. But not entirely puritanical And now that he is old, that we are both older, I think of him as a young man Occasionally I have felt a passionate desire for him as he was at that time It makes me happy, like that feeling in my dreams Oh but yes, that is erotic I think I have never been close to anyone in that way, been so happy with anyone as I was with him.This might be a book that twenty year olds wouldn t quite get Though is that presumptuous Would a reader of sixty find it unbelievable that the following resonated with someone who s not yet forty And when I waken, my life, or that part of it, my youth, is like a dream I dreamed just a few minutes before I woke It was over so fast. Or that they smiled at We tried so hard to be young., remembering that just left home not quite knowing yourself, and as substitute, imitating images of what it was to be young It is nice to read someone who quite likes aspects of ageing, that there isto it than the invisibility that launched a thousand newspaper columns I have become one of those women who view the world from bus seats, out through windows From park benches and waiting rooms I disturb no one and am not disturbed I can go wherever I want without being obtrusive my bodydoes not express anything other than what I am, that I no longer need to relate to a beauty I cannot stand for, a type of femininity I have never felt entirely comfortable with. Not sure I ve any business really relating to this, when all I brought to it at time of reading was the way a few lines on the face mean I looklike the people I wanted to look like twenty years ago than I ever could then when all manga eyed, and frankly that was luck I understand that some Nordic cultures arelaconic than Brits I think it s Finns who ar stereotyped as the quietest perhaps that s another dimension lurking in this book Like the story about two trolls, or is it three, the one says something, then a hundred years pass, and the other one replies.I was very tired whilst reading the last third possibly this caused a slight disconnection and I might have given five stars if I d beenawake for the home stretch I can understand those who find this book ordinary, and why it doesn t have the highest of average ratings but I get it, and the committee of the 2012 Nordic Council Literature Prize evidently did

  4. says:

    I am fallingandin love with these kind of novels on quiet, domestic life The focus may be small, confined to the silence and unspoken secrets of a single elderly married couple, but the emotional impact is vast Eva and Simon have lived a lifetime of decisions, both good and bad, and of words or silence, those important words that were left unsaid Now, as Eva struggles to care for Simon as he falls into the further silence of dementia, she worries that they ve left it too late to s I am fallingandin love with these kind of novels on quiet, domestic life The focus may be small, confined to the silence and unspoken secrets of a single elderly married couple, but the emotional impact is vast Eva and Simon have lived a lifetime of decisions, both good and bad, and of words or silence, those important words that were left unsaid Now, as Eva struggles to care for Simon as he falls into the further silence of dementia, she worries that they ve left it too late to say what must be said Both have their secrets, and I won t spoil what they are, as the readers experience of the initial silence is so important to the development of the story A beautiful and sad little story about loneliness even in a seemingly loving marriage

  5. says:

    I got an ARC from the publisher This book is about dementia, secrets, the Holocaust, family, the push and pull of marriage, and silence This silence has texture and many layers of emotion resentment, disappointment, shock, contentment, satisfaction, and sometimes, it s just a lack of words or emotions Eva and Simon have been married for decades and they have three grown daughters Simon is older than her, and he has been silent for a very long time Partially it s dementia, but mostly it s I got an ARC from the publisher This book is about dementia, secrets, the Holocaust, family, the push and pull of marriage, and silence This silence has texture and many layers of emotion resentment, disappointment, shock, contentment, satisfaction, and sometimes, it s just a lack of words or emotions Eva and Simon have been married for decades and they have three grown daughters Simon is older than her, and he has been silent for a very long time Partially it s dementia, but mostly it s because he was forced to be silent about his past for too long He has let others speak before him His loss, pain and disappointment have silenced him Eva, partially responsible for the silence, is herself shutting into herself and leading a parallel life to her husband.This book is also one of those books where nothing really happens The two quiet old people live dreamlike days, and the only action comes from occasional flashbacks and the mystery surrounding the abrupt dismissal of their housekeeper, Marija This is sad, very pensive, slow moving book, which is not a bad thing It definitely takes the reader into the lives of those who are married to Holocaust survivors Eva is not a supportive wife She has forced Simon to keep quiet about his past with his daughters until it was too late to tell She is unhappy or even indifferent over his struggle to keep in touch with his surviving relatives and search for missing family She has her own loss to deal with, but her lack of heartache is difficult for Simon to understand This lack of sadness on one end and overflow on the other drives the two apart and silences them against each other Marija s dismissal is eventually explained, and I liked that it brought the two together a little, nudging Eva towards Simon But there s no redemption for Eva I am surprised at the author s choice to make her so unlikable This woman is a little insane, and she didn t even have the life background to drive her this way She is emotionless for a huge chunk of the book, so much so that you want to shake her Simon is the same way, but his silence is somehow likable, understandable Eva s character lacked the explanation necessary for empathy, and that s a big part of the 3 star rating Another reason is some of the writing I understand that often much is lost in translation, but I don t think that s what happened here The atmosphere of the novel is consistent and in step with the themes The problem is that the writing was often forcefully poetic and overly insightful into other characters emotions It was told from the point of view of Eva, so she should not have known the way others felt in so much vivid detail, when she herself seems to completely lack understanding She does imagine what happens when she is not there with Simon, but the author doesn t pull it off in most places Eva s voice should have been simpler, a lot less flowery It should have been consistent with both her emotionless and emotional moments This book is like very sad sleepwalking Captivating journey, but little payoff with too much literary filler

  6. says:

    I m glad that s over What a tedious waste of time that was If well constructed observations of paint drying is your thing then you are in for a treat Likewise, if you are a student of the human condition with a keen interest in self obsessed, despicable morons then you ve found your muse The narrator, Eva, a woman so loathsome, who s abandonment of her son reveals a lack of even the most basic animal instincts, who believes that it is an acceptable paradigm to kick her old, blind dog out ont I m glad that s over What a tedious waste of time that was If well constructed observations of paint drying is your thing then you are in for a treat Likewise, if you are a student of the human condition with a keen interest in self obsessed, despicable morons then you ve found your muse The narrator, Eva, a woman so loathsome, who s abandonment of her son reveals a lack of even the most basic animal instincts, who believes that it is an acceptable paradigm to kick her old, blind dog out onto the road for someone else to run over and who s refusal to heed the request from her daughters to give her husband the palliative care that they think he needs, primarily I expect to free him from her poison, is someone who is far, far, FAR from being worth two hundred and thirty torturous pages I would plead with anyone else to please find somethingfulfilling to do with their lives I appreciate that I am committing the Katie Hopkins faux pas by reluctantly promoting through engagement, but if I can spare just one person from making the same mistake as me of pulling this rubbish off the shelf then it would have been worthwhile

  7. says:

    Days In The History of Silence is a book about the spaces between people, the silences that grow with time and become insurmountable Eva and Simon have been married for several decades and Simon is now stricken with a form of demential that has, as its primary symptom, almost total silence Simon was a physician and Eva a school teacher before they retired Neither of them had many friends and they kept to themselves They have three daughters, all grown, none of whom they are very close to He Days In The History of Silence is a book about the spaces between people, the silences that grow with time and become insurmountable Eva and Simon have been married for several decades and Simon is now stricken with a form of demential that has, as its primary symptom, almost total silence Simon was a physician and Eva a school teacher before they retired Neither of them had many friends and they kept to themselves They have three daughters, all grown, none of whom they are very close to Helena, the daughter that is most prominent in the story, has been trying to get Eva to put Simon in an assisted living facility Eva has all the papers to apply for Simon s admission but she has not filled them out despite Helena s urging.Eva and Simon s lives are filled with secrets Eva had a son who she gave up for adoption when he was six months old The reasons for her giving her child away are not all that clear except that it appears she did not bond with him and found child rearing to be difficult Simon s childhood was spent during the second world war and he has told no one other than Eva what happened to him during that time He has thought many times of sharing the history of his childhood with his daughters but he has never gotten around to it Eva often thinks about an episode in her life when the children were very little and a stranger made his way into their home She was terrified and fearful for their lives The stranger even moved one of the children outside while Eva s back was turned Their daughters know nothing about their lives.At one point, they had a housekeeper named Marija, with whom they were very close She even lived with them for a period of time Then something appalling happened and they fired her The reasons for her firing only become clear only towards the end of the book and, again, they choose not to share this information with their daughters.This is a novel filled with metaphors and written in lovely, poetic language I found the story compellingly tragic but it failed to move me very much Eva and Simon are both so removed from their lives and themselves that I felt removed from them I could appreciate the beauty of the writing but I felt distanced from it at the same time Simon had a desire to share his past His inability to do so when he was able made this book seem unrealized to its full potential

  8. says:

    I had a rough start trying to melt into the storyline and really feel it The book is about an oldish couple, Eva and Simon, who both look back on a painful history At some point, Simon begins to fall into silence and not really speak any Basically, the book is about Eva written from her perspective trying to deal with crappy stuff that she has done, that has happened to her and that s going on now with her husband literally not speaking to her any Multiple times during reading, the I had a rough start trying to melt into the storyline and really feel it The book is about an oldish couple, Eva and Simon, who both look back on a painful history At some point, Simon begins to fall into silence and not really speak any Basically, the book is about Eva written from her perspective trying to deal with crappy stuff that she has done, that has happened to her and that s going on now with her husband literally not speaking to her any Multiple times during reading, the storyline itself could not really keep me wanting to read on BUT Lindstr m s style did I love the way she writes and how she structures the book and splits the chronological order of the storyline It was an interesting, though sometimes quite sad and depressing book I had mixed feelings at the beginning, but I would definitely read it again

  9. says:

    4 stars, I really liked it The story and the characters are plain and common, and so are their struggles But what makes this novella stand out from its peers is in its verbosity of the central narrator For a book that s about silence both intrinsic and that of the external variety, we hear much seemingly banal thoughts and opinions of the narrator that turns out to be purposefully obtuse And that makes this narrative tale delicious for consumption.It s a simple story really, but the charac 4 stars, I really liked it The story and the characters are plain and common, and so are their struggles But what makes this novella stand out from its peers is in its verbosity of the central narrator For a book that s about silence both intrinsic and that of the external variety, we hear much seemingly banal thoughts and opinions of the narrator that turns out to be purposefully obtuse And that makes this narrative tale delicious for consumption.It s a simple story really, but the characters stand out so much that the importance of story and the events that it contains becomes a supporting cast as the characters come out to play

  10. says:

    2 1 2 stars A quiet and disturbing story of secrets, of words not spoken, and pasts not mentioned a story about an adoption, the Holocaust, Survivors Guilt and dementia A very unusual mix of subjects discussed in a quiet and unassuming manner I am not quite sure how I feel about this bookit certainly was an interesting read, delving into the pasts of an aging couple, unlocking their secrets, I felt a bit like a voyeur privy to their intimate secrets I did not understand why they kept such 2 1 2 stars A quiet and disturbing story of secrets, of words not spoken, and pasts not mentioned a story about an adoption, the Holocaust, Survivors Guilt and dementia A very unusual mix of subjects discussed in a quiet and unassuming manner I am not quite sure how I feel about this bookit certainly was an interesting read, delving into the pasts of an aging couple, unlocking their secrets, I felt a bit like a voyeur privy to their intimate secrets I did not understand why they kept such secrets from their adult children it would have made their relationships so much easier to have spoken of the past, though I do admit that some subjects aredifficult than others to discuss openly and maybe that is the point of this book to make us aware that these things do need to be spoken about Maybe this is a story about forgivenessif we can t forgive ourselves for our past actions then we cannot share our selves fully with those we love Shame and guilt are destructive Maybe this is also a story about ethnicity how some reactions prejudices have not changed with time That is a very sad point to acknowledge I felt the book finished abruptly Maybe I just wantedMy feelings about this book are ambiguous

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