06 August 2020, The Tablet

Speed reading: Lucy Popescu on novels in translation


 

In Gøhril Gabrielsen’s taut psychological thriller Ankomst (Peirene Press, £12; Tablet price £10.80), a nameless research scientist is measuring the impact of climatic changes on seabird populations. As she waits for her lover to join her on a frozen peninsular in northern Norway, isolation takes its toll. Memories and imagination collide. We learn about the reasons she has left behind her young daughter, and the trauma that has shaped her recent decisions.

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