Niviaq Korneliussen is a ground-breaking young writer hailed for creating “[her] own genre” (Politiken, Denmark) in her witty and fearless debut Last Night in Nuuk. A work of daring invention about young life in Greenland, Korneliussen brilliantly weaves together the coming of age of five young people in the capital city, Nuuk. Fia has recently sworn off sausage (men) only to discover that the woman she wants is unavailable. Arnaq struggles to cope with her past as her hard-partying life spirals out of control and she betrays those she loves most. Inuk, Fia’s brother, is forced to escape Greenland after political scandal implicates him, and confronts the true meaning of home. Meanwhile, Ivik and Sara must confront an important transition in their relationship. In a collection of blurry nights and bleary mornings after, Korneliussen creates a Greenlandic literature unlike any we have known before—young, urbane, stream-of-consciousness, studded with textspeak and delirious with nightlife.
With vibrant imagery and daring prose, Korneliussen writes unforgettably about finding yourself and growing into the person you were meant to be. A stunning debut from a brave new voice, Last Night in Nuuk is a dashing entrance onto the literary scene and establishes her as a voice that cannot be ignored.
Praise for Last Night in Nuuk
“A work of a strikingly modern sensibility . . . The first of a new generation of Greenlandic writers to find a true relationship outside of her native land.”—New Yorker
“I have not read something like this written by such a young person in this way, ever . . . [Last Night in Nuuk] has created its own genre [of] unfiltered sexual realism” —Politiken (Denmark)
“A wonderful novel debut about love and about standing out in Greenland. The book is both formalistically and linguistically exciting—and there are many moving scenes.”—Kristianstadsbladet (Norway)
“This is a wonderful mix of banging punchlines and poetry—it is well written and vibrant.”—Litteratursiden (Denmark)