Translating Little Black Boxes

Translating Little Black Boxes

Translating Little Black Boxes

Gunnhild Øyehaug’s “Dreamwriter,” among other things, is a story about layers, layering, the lattice of the finished work and the trickle down that is life—that wonderful image, the tørrfiskstativ with the interplay of light and shadow through the caught, drying fish. And that other image, equally evocative: the way that life itself, even after centuries, can still be perceived as a subterranean rush, heard but unseen, an impetus, an unquenchable thirst.