In March 2015, Naja Marie Aidt’s twenty-five-year-old son, Carl, died in a tragic accident. When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back chronicles the few first years after that devastating phone call. It is at once a sober account of life after losing a child and an exploration of the language of poetry, loss, and love. Intensely moving, When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back explores what is it to be a family, what it is to love and lose, and what it is to treasure life in spite of death’s indomitable resolve.
Naja Marie Aidt was born in Greenland and raised in Copenhagen. She is the author of eleven collections of poetry, a novel, and three short story collections, including Baboon, which won the 2008 Nordic Council Literature Prize, Scandinavia’s highest literary honor. Her work has been translated into sixteen languages.
Morten Høi Jensen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1987. He attended The New School for Social Research in New York City and has contributed to numerous publications, including The New York Review Daily, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Paris Review Daily. In September 2017 Yale University Press published his first book, A Difficult Death: The Life and Work of Jens Peter Jacobsen, which was awarded the 2017 J. P. Jacobsen Literary Prize. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is currently writing a book about Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain.