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Norma (original: 2015; edição: 2015)

de Sofi Oksanen

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"When Anita Naakka jumps in front of an oncoming train, her daughter, Norma, is left alone with the secret they have spent their lives hiding: Norma has supernatural hair, sensitive to the slightest changes in her mood--and the moods of those around her--moving of its own accord, corkscrewing when danger is near. And so it is her hair that alerts her, while she talks with a strange man at her mother's funeral, that her mother may not have taken her own life. Setting out to reconstruct Anita's final months--sifting through puzzling cell phone records, bank statements, video files--Norma begins to realize that her mother knew more about her hair's powers than she let on: a sinister truth beyond Norma's imagining. As Sofi Oksanen leads us ever more deeply into Norma's world, weaving together past and present, she gives us a dark family drama that is a searing portrait of both the exploitation of women's bodies and the extremes to which people will go for the sake of beauty"--… (mais)
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This book was far different than I expected. It took off in a variety of different directions into areas from black market hair to womb slavery, horrible criminal families and women with a strange mutation that makes their hair grow three meters a day. It was an interesting and unique idea... to have hair that reacts to different people and situations and alerts to danger. I enjoyed learning, along with Norma, the history of Eva and the dangers of her hair. The idea of her hair being an addictive drug that could be smoked was bizarre, but then so much in this book was strange and bizarre. I've never read anything quite like it. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either, and I did finish it. It has stayed in my thoughts, which I suppose is always a good thing. Not sure I would read more by this author though. ( )
  LongDogMom | Jan 29, 2021 |
Cuando el cuerpo de Anita Ross es encontrado en el metro de Helsinki, todos los temores se confirman: la mujer acaba de tirarse a las vías. Pero Norma, su única hija, se muestra incrédula, ya que su madre jamás la hubiera dejado sola con su secreto: sus cabellos viven, experimentan emociones, cobran impulso y crecen tan rápidamente que hay que cortarlos varias veces al día. Dispuesta a todo con tal de saber la verdad, la joven decide reconstruir los últimos días de su madre, ofreciéndose incluso en el salón de belleza donde ella trabajaba, uno más de los negocios de un clan que también trafica con vientres de alquiler. Acechada por el pasado y atrapada en una maraña de engaños y explotación, Norma deberá luchar por esclarecer los hechos y alcanzar la libertad.
Con una prosa imaginativa, sugerente y poética, Sofi Oksanen urde una trama inquietante sobre las redes mafiosas que se aprovechan de las mujeres, en una novela radicalmente original que va marcando su propio camino a medida que Norma Ross se sumerge en el pasado en busca de su futuro.
  bibliotecayamaguchi | Dec 10, 2020 |
Una novela intensa que combina con gran eficacia la intriga, el realismo mágico y la crítica social. ( )
  pedrolopez | Nov 26, 2020 |
A very strange novel. Don't really know what to make of it. It is original for sure, and touches on some interesting and contemporary themes such as the fertility industry and the beauty industry. Still, it didn't really work for me. A shame. ( )
  Tinwara | Oct 14, 2018 |
‘’He who controls dreams, controls the world. He who controls hair, controls women.’’

Hair has always been one of the major features that attract attention in women and men. Beautiful locks, lovely bangs, sleek ponytails, highlights, volume, curls….This book puts hair in the centre of the story, albeit in a different light. It is an unusual novel, innovative, modern, disturbing, unique.

Having previously read [b:Purge|7029668|Purge|Sofi Oksanen|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1328822631s/7029668.jpg|3426310] by Sofi Oksanen and with [b:When the Doves Disappeared|22318383|When the Doves Disappeared|Sofi Oksanen|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1408925040s/22318383.jpg|21384967] on hold (I’ve recently started it,actually), I couldn't wait to be one of the first to read her new novel.The title attracted me at once. ‘’Norma’’ - a beautiful name- reminded me of the famous opera by Vincenzo Bellini, although the young heroine in Oksanen’s novel couldn’t be more different than the fiery priestess who was jilted by her lover and father of her children. In our novel, Norma is born with an unusual gift (curse?). She is able to understand the feelings of everyone she meets, their illnesses, their aches in body and soul.Her own hair responds by acquiring a life of its own. I cannot write much more because the spoilers are lurking, but you have to admit that it cannot get more original than that in terms of premise.

Oksanen’s writing is raw and poetic, beautiful and full of secrets, not unlike ‘’Purge’’. However, while ‘’Norma’’ isn’t an easy book and is quite high in the levels of disturbing and weird, it cannot be compared to the sheer horror that is ‘’Purge’’. And this is a trait that shows how significant Oksanen’s offerings to the Literature of our times are. 3 books, all of them different, but all equally engaging, unique, with thick plots and interesting characters. ‘’Norma’’ is definitely heavy on the magical realism element- which I adore- so if you don’t like this genre, this book may not be for you. However, the way the story has been put together is so precise and so meticulously structured that I promise you won’t find it odd. And if you do, remember that odd means ‘’not boring’’.

Oksanen tackles many issues in this book. The crown goes to the importance of hair through the ages. No matter the century, the country, the culture, the social status, all women have always desired the most beautiful hair they could get. Here, we are shown the hair types and hairstyles that are admired most in different corners of the world, the different cultural perspectives. And what happens when people understand that there is a need and a great demand for a specific ‘’product’’? Commerce begins. And what follows it? Black market, most likely. Yes, Oksanen creates a rather intricate web of ‘’hair-mafia’’ (for lack of a better word) that mainly operates in the regions of Finland, Russia and Ukraine and extends to many other countries. Now, I had never heard of anything similar before and I cannot verify how ‘’realistic’’ this is, but I don’t actually care since the way it is presented is both believable and plausible. This is good enough for me.

Another issue that the writer stresses is the craving for a child. She weaves ‘’baby factories’’ and illegal adoptions into the story, so we have two parallel narratives that are more connected that it initially seems. Depression is also a major theme. Depression that stems from being different, from a society that labels you as a ‘’freak’’ and tries either to destroy you or to use you to its own benefits. And it will destroy you afterwards. The end is the same, the route may change, but the closure is almost guaranteed.

If I had to name the ‘’weakest link’’ of this book that is no less than exceptional, I’d choose the characters. I felt that I never really got to know them fully. I liked Norma. She was clever and brave and vulnerable, carrying a heavy burden on her shoulders. Alvar was also very interesting. He was a perfect mix of dangerous and dashing and his interactions with Norma were brilliant. However, the other characters such as Anita, Marion or the mysterious Helena were nothing to write home about, in my opinion. They were necessary for the plot to advance and that’s about it.

Having read some comments, I feel the need to say that you should give this book a chance. If you enjoy weird stories, if you love a combination of Magical Realism and Contemporary Fiction, then ‘’Norma’’ is waiting. And after all, it’s Sofi Oksanen. Just give it time and care and full attention.

Many thanks to Knopf and Edelweiss for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  AmaliaGavea | Jul 15, 2018 |
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"When Anita Naakka jumps in front of an oncoming train, her daughter, Norma, is left alone with the secret they have spent their lives hiding: Norma has supernatural hair, sensitive to the slightest changes in her mood--and the moods of those around her--moving of its own accord, corkscrewing when danger is near. And so it is her hair that alerts her, while she talks with a strange man at her mother's funeral, that her mother may not have taken her own life. Setting out to reconstruct Anita's final months--sifting through puzzling cell phone records, bank statements, video files--Norma begins to realize that her mother knew more about her hair's powers than she let on: a sinister truth beyond Norma's imagining. As Sofi Oksanen leads us ever more deeply into Norma's world, weaving together past and present, she gives us a dark family drama that is a searing portrait of both the exploitation of women's bodies and the extremes to which people will go for the sake of beauty"--

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