Norah Lange

Notes from Childhood

A series of luminous vignettes describe the childhood of Argentina’s rediscovered modernist writer. Self-contained, interconnected fragments begin with her family’s departure to Mendoza in 1910 and end with their return to Buenos Aires and the death of her father in 1915. Lange’s notes tell intimate, half-understood stories from the seemingly peaceful realm of childhood, a realm inhabited by an eccentric narrator searching for clues on womanhood and her own identity. She watches: her pubescent older sister, bathing naked in the moonlight; the death of a horse; and herself, a changeable and untimely girl. How she cried, when lifted onto a table and dressed as a boy, and how she laughed, climbing onto the kitchen roof in men’s clothing and throwing bricks to announce her performance.

Lange makes her domestic setting into a laboratory where strangeness and eroticism combine in delicate, daring flashes of literary brilliance.

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Ebook: £6.99

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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.

Print status: Upcoming
Author: Norah Lange
Translator: Charlotte Whittle
Original language: Spanish
Format: Paperback
Publication date: 4 May 2021
ISBN: 9781911508953
Ebook ISBN: 9781911508946
Availability: World English
Number of pages: 160


Eduardo González Lanuza

‘If the same book had been published in Oslo or Budapest, or in Leipzig, not to mention Paris, it would now be as famous the world over as The Story of San Michele by Axel Monthe, with which it has more than one thing in common.’