It is 1942 and Denmark is occupied by German troops.
A young woman is invited to spend the summer with people she barely knows in a cottage on the North Sea coast.
There she meets two people who will affect her entire life: a fourteen-year-old boy who is the nephew of her hosts, and an English airman who is shot down over the marshlands nearby.
Timid friendships develop into a dangerous triangle, and many years later an elderly man looks back on it all asking himself whether his youthful desire gave way to an unforgivable betrayal.
Virginia is a sensitive, deeply moving love story about the intricacies of relationships in the troubled twentieth century, written with Grondahl's incomparable, perceptive sympathy.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 15/06/2003
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781841954103
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Review by Mijk
A wonderful little book, in which nothing much happens and nothing may have ever happened, after all. Beautifully translated by Anne Born, who also did some of Per Petterson's books, too. I actually read this back in 2010, before I read An Altered Light, but a long time after his Silence in October, and Lucca, which I came across in 2007 or 08.