Klara Hveberg: Author and mathematician

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Lean your loneliness slowly against mine
(Novel, Aschehoug 2019)

«An unforgettable debut novel about fractal mathematics, classical music and the very thin line between great love and great loneliness.»

Rakel has a rare talent for mathematics, and an even greater talent for misunderstandings. She has never mastered the art of making friends, but sees boats kissing on the fjord when everyone else just sees them crossing. At nineteen she moves to Oslo to attend University, and meets Jakob. He is her professor, and also working on a novel about Sofia Kovalevskaya, the first woman who became a mathematics professor. Just as Kovalevskaya was very close to her much older advisor, Rakel and Jakob are instantly drawn to each other and eventually become lovers, although he is married. In the years to come, Rakel's academic career soars, but her health declines. From her bedside she imagines the life of Sofia while trying to understand her own. With a gaze both naive and mercilessly sharp, she dissects what may be her life's only love story, looking for patterns and answers in numbers, music and literature.

«Lean your loneliness slowly against mine is an extraordinarily beautiful, sad and funny novel about finding meaning and connections when you need it the most.»

The book was originally published in Norwegian as hardcover, paperback and e-book by Aschehoug forlag, and as an audio book by Lydbokforlaget. Read reviews and excerpts from the novel. It will also be published in the US (Harper Via), UK (4th Estate), Germany (btb Random House), Korea (Solbitkil), Poland (Marpress) and Denmark (Turbine).

«Brilliant debut. A delightful history about the many aspects of love, and of the search for beauty in life.»
(6 out of 6 stars) Vigdis Moe Skarsten, Adresseavisen

«Klara Hveberg has written a truly wonderful love story. A story composed mainly in minor keys, but with a constant humoristic undercurrent that appears both refined and organic. The book is also packed with well-tuned references to music, literature, mathematics and philosophy.»
(6 out of 6 stars) Øystein Hauge, Romsdals Budstikke

«A remarkable novel (...) I was both intrigued and found myself falling in love with Rakel. Klara Hveberg has written a beautiful love sonata in D minor. I feel a little less lonely with this book on my nightstand.»
(5 out of 6 stars) Gabriel Moro, VG

«Mathemagical debut. This incredibly strong novel makes music out of mathematics and turns life into poetry. Bravo!»
Gerd Elin Stava Sandve, Dagsavisen

«A mature debut where the author juggles mathematics, art and passion in a love story full of both humor and deep despair. (...) The result is one of the most complex and interesting protagonists I have encountered.»
Anne Schäffer, Vårt Land

«The novel is recommended for everyone, but those who are fond of music, literature and mathematics will be particularly delighted by this little gem of a book. I give it top score: 6 stars out of 6»
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