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The Bird Tribunal
The Bird Tribunal

The Bird Tribunal

By Agnes Ravatn, Translated by Rosie Hedger


192 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: January 2017

ISBN 9781910633359

Rights: US & CA

Orenda Books (Jan 2017)


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Two people in exile. Two secrets. As the past tightens its grip, there may be no escape.

Two people in exile. Two secrets. As the past tightens its grip, there may be no escape . . .  TV presenter Allis Hagtorn leaves her partner and her job to take voluntary exile in a remote house on an isolated fjord. But her new job as housekeeper and gardener is not all that it seems, and her silent, surly employer, 44-year-old Sigurd Bagge, is not the old man she expected. As they await the return of his wife from her travels, their silent, uneasy encounters develop into a chilling, obsessive relationship, and it becomes clear that atonement for past sins may not be enough . . .  Haunting, consuming and powerful, The Bird Tribunal is a taut, exquisitely written psychological thriller that builds to a shocking, dramatic crescendo that will leave you breathless.


"Intense." —Publishers Weekly

 "[A]n elegant chiller, absorbing and atmospheric." —Mystery Scene

"haunting."—Crime by the Book

Author Biography

Agnes Ravatn is an author and columnist. She made her literary début with the novel Week 53 (Veke 53) in 2007. Since then she has written three critically acclaimed and award-winning essay collections. For her second novel, The Bird Tribunal, she received the cultural radio P2's listener's prize, a popular and important prize in Norway, in addition to The Youth's Critic's Prize. The Bird Tribunal was also made into a successful play, which premiered in Oslo in 2015.