Book Title: Crimson
Author: Anna Burns
Format: Hardback | 192 pages
Publication Date: 01 Nov 2018
Named by the Guardian as one of the top ten modern Nordic fiction books
'An edgy and unputdownable work of modern literature' Sharlene Teo, author of Ponti
'Ferocious, inventive and unlike anything I've read in a long time' Sophie Mackintosh, author of The Water Cure
'A brave novel reminiscent of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting' Laline Paull, author of The Bees
'A fizzing read about sex and identity set in Greenland' The Economist
'A work of a strikingly modern sensibility' New Yorker
'Transports us to a cold homeland where the blood runs hot' Guardian
'Tells stories as old as time, of who loves who and why, but the way of telling is as new as fresh snow, or daybreak after an all-night party' Stylist
The island has run out of oxygen. The island is swollen. The island is rotten. The island has taken my beloved from me. The island is a Greenlander. It's the fault of the Greenlander.
In Nuuk, Greenland . . .
Fia breaks up with her long-term boyfriend and falls for Sara.
Sara is in love with Ivik who holds a deep secret and is about to break promises.
Ivik struggles with gender dysphoria as their friends become addicted to social media, listen to American pop music and get blind drunk in downtown bars and uptown house parties.
Then there is Inuk, who also has something to hide - it will take him beyond his limits to madness, and question what it means to be a Greenlander, while Arnaq, the party queen, pulls the strings of manipulation, bringing a web of relationships to a shocking crescendo.
Crimson weaves through restlessness, depression, love and queer experiences to tell the story of Greenlanders through a unique and challenging form. The original text was written and published in the Greenlandic language.