Helene Uri

Who Said What?
Kvinner, menn og språk

For many years, Helene Uri has been concerned with language and gender. Do women and men speak different languages? Are women more indirect in their language? Are there own feminine words and own word words? And what happens to the language when women and men are discussed? Ten years ago, she began to cut articles and put them in a blue folder. She has also listened to conversations on bus and at party, she has measured speaking time and counted neglected. And she has fine books and movies looking for what we say, how we say it and who says what.

Who Said What? is a book about how language speaks reality, but also about how it forms: Performances about women and men are found everywhere in our language and tell us what we - more or less consciously - think about each other and ourselves. In Helene Uris' accurate, revealing and fun book, the reader will recognize himself and at the same time get new acquaintances and surprises.

Powerful and alive about gender and language. [...] I would urge everyone to read this book. The book will give you answers to many questions, you will get aha experiences, become more critical of your own language, and to your own social intercourse with others of all sexes.

As Uri sparkling writes initially: We live in one of the world's most equal countries. That's why it's interesting to see the extent to which language speaks of inequality.

Helene Uri is best when he turns the reader out of habitual thinking about gender and language.

Thoughtful about women, men and languages. Sharp, insightful and witty. [...] this 350 pages book that should be a must for anyone who is concerned with language.
5 out of 6 stars

Helene Uri has written a political and very interesting book. What makes her strongest impression is her gaze for details of behavior, language habits and texts.

Here we are talking about non-fiction that can make you cry and laugh at the same time. Uri gives a bitter-lit defense for kvifor modernization of the language is naughty.

Helene Uri brides when she gets the reader to think about old myths. [...] The book is easy to read, wise, dry and to be annoyed when you realize that gender equality has not reached our language.
5 out of 6 stars

Helene Uri

Christian Elgvin

She made her literary debut in 1995 with a novel for adolescents, Anna on Friday and published her first novel for adults Deep Red 315 in 2001. Honey Tongues was published to acclaim the following year: Bergens Tidende described it as a book which “tears apart the myth that all children are kind”. Now a full time writer, she has a doctorate in applied linguistics, and continues to write on the subject in newspapers and journals.

The time she spent as an academic at the University of Oslo and other educational institutions provided her with a wealth of material upon which she drew to write Norway’s first campus novel, The Best Among Us published in 2006. This novel stayed on the National bestseller list for 52 weeks and has become a cult novel, sold in 80, 000 copies.

Rights sold to

Denmark, Forlaget Klim

Other titles

2011 Bitches (Kjerringer)
2013 Clearing Out (Rydde ut
2015 Because I Love You (Fordi jeg elsker deg)
2016 Slipperiness (Hålke)

Foreign rights

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Awarded the Brage Prize 2018

Edited December 10, 2018 by Gyldendal Agency