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Title
Stella descending
Author
Linn Ullmann
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Picador
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20040116

On a warm summer night in Oslo, Martin draws Stella into one of the risky games that have defined their ten years together: a balancing act on the edge of their rooftop, seven stories up. Amid the shouts of horrified onlookers, Stella stumbles, falling for a moment into Martin's arms before plummeting to her death. (Did he try to save her?)So begins Linn Ullmann's transfixing tale of a jealous wife, compliant mistress, treasured friend, angelic nurse, unloved daughter, devoted mother - and finally, a woman possessed of a secret now forever lost to the living. As Stella's life unfolds in the recollections of those she has left beind, we observe the fabric of many unravelling lives. And as Stella herself bears witness from a place beyond death, we come to understand how precarious her life was behind its facade of loveliness and order.

With a quiet power, STELLA DESCENDING gives us the backlit dailiness - and the dark metaphysical underworld - of life in a fabled metropolis. And in brilliantly evoking the loneliness that haunts all our intimacies, it becomes a fable of life everywhere.

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Linn Ullmann is a graduate of New York University, where she studied English literature and began work on a Ph.D. She returned to her native Oslo in 1990 to pursue a career in journalism. A prominent literary critic, she also writes a column for Norway's leading morning newspaper. She lives in Oslo with her husband and their children

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Women - Norway - Fiction.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
243

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