Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold
The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am

Mathea Martinsen has never been good at dealing with other people. But one thing she has learned. They are not like her. Now, as an old woman, she suddenly experiences a great grief, and she is struck by the fear that she will die before anyone will know that she has lived. Mathea digs out her old wedding dress again, bakes some sweet cakes and goes out among the others.
Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold’s first novel stands out for its humorous earnestness and unusually inventive prose.

Winner of the Tarjei Vesaas First Book Award 2009
Nominated for the 2009 Norwegian Booksellers' Prize
Shortlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold

Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold
Photo Finn Ståle Felberg

Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold is from Oslo. She made her literary debut in 2009 with the novel The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am, which was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013. The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am received a lot of attention and glittering reviews; the newspapers Aftenposten, VG and Klassekampen all included it in the lists of their critics’ favourite books of 2009. It has been sold for translation into more than 20 languages, and received massive attention when it was launched in USA and UK in the fall of 2011.
Monsterhuman (2012) is Skomsvold's second novel. It got shortlisted for the P2 Listeners' Prize and was nominated for Best Norwegian Book 2012 by Natt & Dag.
A Little Sad Mathematics was published in the fall of 2013, and is Skomsvold’s first poetry collection. Skomsvold’s most recent novel, 33 (2014), has also received rave reviews from the Norwegian press.

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Tarjei Vesaas First Book Prize 2009
Nominated for the Booksellers’ Prize 2009
Nominated for the P2 Listeners' Prize

Edited December 21, 2017 by Oslo Literary Agency