- If you had subscribed to our books by Sunday 15th November 2020 you would have received your copy of Notes from Childhood in February 2021, before its official May 2021 publication. All subscribers are thanked by name in the books, as always. More information on subscribing here.
- Norah Lange’s debut novel, People in the Room was published by And Other Stories in 2018, as part of the Year of Publishing Women.
- Charlotte Whittle’s translation of Lange’s novel People in the Room was Runner-up in the 2019 TA First Translation Prize, shortlisted for the Warwick Women in Translation Prize, and longlisted for the Best Translated Book Awards 2019.
- Read The Guardian‘s 2018 profile of Norah Lange.
‘[Lange’s] stark, dreamy and often morbid observations that read like windows into the soul . . . Eccentric and obsessive, Lange reveals herself to be a born surrealist, examining and interpreting situations and people from elliptical angles.’
‘A muse to the young Jorge Luis Borges and Oliverio Girondo, Norah Lange was herself a profoundly gifted writer, one capable of drawing her readers back in time, plunging you into a lost world of soulful horseback riding on the pampas and bucolic women’s sewing rooms. Her Notes from Childhood is an endearing, mesmerising, unforgettable masterpiece through which we can see anew the private history of women in Latin America. Read Norah and be bewitched.’
‘One of the most beautiful and luminous books of childhood memoirs ever written in Latin America, so rich in the genre.’
‘The postcards of gender construction in Notes from Childhood are a delight . . . as is her exquisite prose. The fact that Lange has been considered a secondary figure speaks only of the strict hierarchy of themes that regulated, and in my opinion, continues to regulate entry into the canon.’
‘The apparently peaceful realm of childhood where the book was set concealed the fact that the text turned memories of a life into a literary investigation, the setting of childhood into an often disturbing laboratory.’
Praise for People in the Room
‘The first English translation of a 1950 work by the groundbreaking Argentinian author is darkly irresistible . . . Combining painterly qualities with poetic imagery, Lange’s prose is rich in metaphor.’ The Guardian
‘Hallucinatory and unsettling, the prose vibrates like a high-tension wire . . . the brilliance of the language, and the shifting perspectives transform what at first seems banal into something mesmerising and tragic . . . a picture of suffocating isolation and voyeurism, Hitchcock without a murder.’ Lee Langley, The Spectator
‘Intimate and vital . . . this is an exquisite novel, full of light, shadows, and profound revelations.’ Samanta Schweblin