Olga Ravn presents My Work, in conversation with Kate Zambreno

April 18th
McNally Jackson Seaport
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"Beautiful, sinister, gripping." —Mark Haddon

From the acclaimed author of The Employees, a radical, funny, and mercilessly honest novel about motherhood. 

After giving birth, Anna is utterly lost. She and her family move to the unfamiliar, snowy city of Stockholm. Anxiety threatens to completely engulf Anna, who obsessively devours online news and compulsively orders clothes she can’t afford. To avoid sinking deeper into her depression, she forces herself to read and write.

My Work is a novel about the unique and fundamental experience of giving birth, mixing different literary forms—fiction, essay, poetry, memoir, and letters—to explore the relationship between motherhood, work, individuality, and literature

"This novel from Olga Ravn, this new golden notebook, needs to be read by absolutely anyone who has known the quiet madness and claustrophobic happiness of the interior, especially mothers who also long for a life of literature. But this novel absolutely needs to be read by everyone else as well. Oh Olga Ravn, always inventing new forms, you are a genius, how do you do it?" —Kate Zambreno

"Everything I’m looking for in a novel. I was obsessed from the first page to the last. A strange, beautiful, deeply intelligent and provocative investigation into humanity." —Max Porter

"Olga Ravn writes dazzlingly about the work of motherhood and the work of writing. Reading Ravn’s book, you run through the whole gamut of human emotion, as though you too were a new mother: tears, laughter, anger, fear, pain, frustration. This is powerful writing that’s hard to put down." Politiken

Olga Ravn (born 1986) is a Danish novelist and poet. Her debut poetry collection Jeg æder mig selv som lyng: pigesind (I Devour Myself Like Heather) appeared to critical acclaim in 2012. Alongside Johanne Lykke Holm she ran the feminist performance group and writing school Hekseskolen from 2015 to 2019. In collaboration with Danish publisher Gyldendal she edited a selection of Tove Ditlevsen’s texts and books that relaunched Ditlevsen readership worldwide. Her novel The Employees was on the shortlist for the Booker Prize in 2021.


Kate Zambreno is the author of ten books, most recently The Light Room (Riverhead) and Tone, a collaborative study with Sofia Samatar (Columbia University Press.) Her fiction and reports have been published in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Granta, VQR, Astra, BOMB, and more. Zambreno is a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in Nonfiction. Heroines was recently reissued by Semiotext(e). Animal Stories is forthcoming through the Undelivered Lectures series at Transit Books in Fall 2025. She is at work on a trilogy on interiors and precarity.



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