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  • Published: 3 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9780141998497
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

The Trouble With Happiness

  • Tove Ditlevsen


A shimmering collection of stories from the author of The Copenhagen Trilogy, translated into English for the first time

A newly married woman longs, irrationally, for a silk umbrella; a husband chases away his wife's beloved cat; a betrayed mother impulsively sacks her housekeeper. Underneath the surface of these precisely observed tales of love, marriage and family life in mid-century Copenhagen pulse currents of desire, violence and despair, as women and men dream of escaping their conventional roles and finding freedom and happiness - without ever truly understanding what that might mean.

  • Published: 3 February 2022
  • ISBN: 9780141998497
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

Praise for The Trouble With Happiness

A beautifully written, resilient and relatable chronicle for the marginalized' (praise for Childhood, Youth, Dependency)

Patti Smith

A terrifying talent

The New York Times

Ditlevsen's writing is crystal clear and vividly, painfully raw

The Paris Review

Her writing is incredible, so focused and clear. Not a word that doesn't need to be there

Tracey Thorn

Utterly, agonisingly compulsive . . . A masterpiece' (praise for Childhood, Youth, Dependency)

Guardian

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