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Win copies of The Trouble with Happiness and Other Stories by Tove Ditlevsen, translated by Michael Favala Goldman

The Trouble with Happiness and Other Stories by Tove Ditlevsen is a shimmering collection of stories from the author of The Copenhagen Trilogy. Penguin Press is offering reading groups the chance to read and review this collection, translated into English for the first time by Michael Favala Goldman!

About The Trouble with Happiness and Other Stories

From one of Denmark’s most celebrated writers and the author of ChildhoodYouth and Dependency, these short stories are brief, devastating, acid-sharp portrayals of love, marriage and family in mid-century Copenhagen. Here the ordinary events of everyday life – a wife anxious not to wake her husband, a little boy losing his father’s beloved knife, a married woman’s obsessive longing for a yellow silk umbrella, a girl dreaming of a masquerade ball – become dark and disconcerting, as we see what lies beneath. These are stories that explore yearning, fear, despair and the elusiveness of that strange thing called happiness.

To be in with a chance of winning 10 copies of The Trouble with Happiness and Other Stories for your reading group, please complete this survey by Tuesday 19 July. Successful groups will receive their books shortly after this date.

Please note, group members will be expected to share a review in exchange for their free copy within eight weeks of receiving the book. Please do not pitch if you cannot commit to this.

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