The Trouble with Happiness: And Other Stories

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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5.4 X 8.3 X 0.9 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Tove Ditlevsen (1917-1976) was born in a working-class neighborhood in Copenhagen. Her first volume of poetry was published when she was in her early twenties and was followed by many more books, including the three volumes of the Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood (1967), Youth (1967), and Dependency (1971).

Michael Favala Goldman is a poet, a jazz clarinetist, and a widely published translator of Danish literature. More than one hundred of his translations have appeared in journals such as The Harvard Review and The Columbia Journal. Among his ten translated books are The Water Farm Trilogy, Farming Dreams, and Selected Poems of Benny Andersen. He lives in Florence, Massachusetts.

Ditlevsen can conjure an entire world in just a few words."
--Tabish Khair, The Times Literary Supplement

"[Ditlevsen's] legacy endures with this collection of short stories . . . Beautifully crafted."
--Angela Haupt, TIME

Quiet and devastating . . . The stories are simple; the characters ordinary and immensely human. Their motivations are mysterious and subtle, and Ditlevsen is acutely sensitive to the way normal life can wear at their hearts . . . Already renowned for her memoirs, Ditlevsen is now poised to win acclaim as a master of short fiction.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A central work of modern Danish literature.
--Kirkus Reviews

"[A] literary titan . . . [Ditlevsen's] terse, unnerving stories peer into the fragility of relationships and the casual epiphanies that gut her characters."
--Oprah Daily (Most Anticipated Books of 2022)

These spare and sparkling stories summon deep wells of emotion without the slightest trace of sentimentality."
--Chloe Schama, VOGUE

"These collected short stories show off [Ditlevsen's] astonishingly precise prose."
--Ellen Peirson-Hagger, The New Statesman