Vigdis Hjorth & Shahidha Bari: Is Mother Dead

Vigdis Hjorth’s latest novel Is Mother Dead (translated by Charlotte Barslund; Verso) is a characteristic blend of thriller, metafiction, meditation on art, motherhood, belonging and surveillance. She cites as influences Brecht and Céline. Others have compared her to Kafka and Thomas Bernhard, but in truth, she is quite unique.

Hjorth was in conversation with writer and broadcaster, Shahidha Bari.