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Published 2019, 260 pages


Forlaget Rosinante

Foreign rights

Henrik Francke, Oslo Literary Agency,

Sold to:

Sweden (Natur & Kultur), Norway (Oktober)

Previous titles sold to:

Sweden (Bonnier)



With Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House as its inspiration, Merete Pryds Helle has written a novel based on Nora Helmer’s story, which takes us to the inner core of this remarkable character. Few women in the history of theatre are as famous as Mrs Nora Helmer, whose transformation from a seemingly submissive woman in a sham marriage to a woman who goes her own way, unfolds in three acts: from the dramatic Christmas when Torvald Helmer is promoted to the bank’s managing director, the revelation of Nora’s loan deception and her wild tarantella dance, to Nora’s final realisation that her life is a charade and her break for freedom and truth. In Merete Pryds Helle’s novel, we follow Nora’s fascinating journey to this existential insight; not over three acts, but throughout her whole life. ‘Ibsen NOR’ is a pan-Nordic collaboration in which three leading writers have written novels inspired by Ibsen’s dramas: Nora by Merete Pryds Helle, Hilda by Klas Östergren and Henrik by Vigdis Hjorth.

About the author 

Merete Pryds Helle (b. 1965) is a Danish Writer’s Academy graduate and holds a BA in Comparative Literature. She has also studied Near Eastern archaeology. She is the author of numerous acclaimed books: most recently two bestsellers Human Beauty (2016), which won the Golden Laurel and its sequel, We had it all (2018).

Text translated by Paul Larkin