Linn Ullmann

Structured around the transcripts of six taped conversations, Unquiet follows a Norwegian girl through several summers on Fårö, an island off Sweden, where she comes to know her filmmaker father, and through winter there when, many years later, his life will come to an end. In between, the girl will parent her own mother, become a woman and have children of her own, and engage her father in a writing project that may or may not become this book.

In a narrative tour de force, Unquiet explores the fragile ecosystem in which we live out our first and final acts, and how memory interacts with the dramas of our lives and our command of language.
novel yet, a solemn genre-bending meditation on growing up and growing old, on family, identity, biography, love, and art. It is a luminous take on forgetfulness, language, and grief — and about the many stories that make up a life.

This is a heartbreaking work about loss, identity, art, growing up and growing old.

‘A masterly book.’


‘Ullmann has never been better . . . A moving and infinitely subtle piece of storytelling.’


Linn Ullmann

Linn Ullmann
Photo: Agnete Brun

Linn Ullmann is an award-winning novelist, journalist, and columnist. A graduate of New York University, her work has been published in 33 languages. In 2017 she was awarded the Dobloug Prize from the Swedish Academy for her entire body of work.

Rights sold to

Bulgaria: Colibri
Catalan: Les Hores
China: Shanghai Translation
Croatia: Ljevak
Czech Republic: Pistorius & Olsanska
Denmark: Gyldendal
Estonia: Eesti Raamat
Finland: Like
France: Actes Sud
Germany: Luchterhand
Greece: Metaixmio
Hungary: Scolar
Iceland: Bjartur
Israel: Ha’Kursa
Italy: Guanda
Korea: Mujintree
Latvia: Zvaigzne ABC
Netherlands: Hollands Diep
Norway: Oktober
Poland: Foksal
Romania: Polirom
Russia: AST
Serbia: Geopoetika
Spain: Gatopardo
Portugal: Relogio D’Agua
Sweden: Bonniers
Turkey: Yapi Kredi
Ukraine: Old Lion
UK: Hamish Hamilton
US: W.W. Norton

Other titles

Det dyrebare, 2011
Et velsignet barn, 2005
Nåde, 2002
Når jeg er hos deg, 2001
Før du sovner, 1998

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Shortlisted for the Nordic Council Literature Prize

Shortlisted for the Norwegian Critics’ Circle Prize for Literature

Edited May 06, 2022 by The Wylie Agency