Kata

Kata

An about-to-hit-forty cancer ward nurse in Iceland, Kata is a woman destined for a journey of revenge. After her teenage daughter Vala goes missing, Kata throws herself into work to forget. When her daughter’s body is found at last, Kata learns the awful truth of the horrors that she suffered before dying. And as Kata listens, it’s as if her world begins to gently shift out of focus, tilt off its axis: The odyssey begins. The end destination is justice, but even more so, revenge. Revenge on her daughter’s murderers, and on all men who abuse women. Because vengeance is not a male privilege, though the hand throwing the acid nearly always is. Acting according to the device “Until men’s and women’s rights are equal, women will submit their own agenda: Defence, Punishment and Sisterhood,” Kata begins the bloody process of reclaiming womankind’s right to avenge injustices, and themselves.

When Steinar Bragi began the research work for his novel Kata, he was shocked and appalled by the Icelandic statistics for crime against women, in particular that of sexual assault cases. Kata is a novel born out of this shock, and the raw horror that hides behind the figures.

Reviews

  • “Steinar Bragi goes all the way […] – there are no compromises, no mercy is given in the relentless realism and insight into the mind of a person who’s experienced a disastrous injustice that permanently changes her life. Kata urges us to confront reality in its ugliest form. An unconventional and cruel novel about violence against women that raises a question that the reader might find difficult to face.”

    Fréttablaðið, Iceland

  • “A powerful novel that pursues a series of social critiques and takes the reader on a journey which spares no one and nothing.”

    Morgunblaðið, Iceland

  • “Steinar Bragi has written an extraordinary novel. /.../ An awesome story of great power, driven by a formidable frenzy. /.../ It’s the combination of such powerful, complex narrative styles and having so much told to us about a subject he [Steinar Bragi] thinks is a matter of great importance, and wants to change, that propels this book forward.”

    Thorgeir Tryggvason, Kiljan, RÚV (Icelandic National Broadcasting Service), Iceland

  • “One gets a sense of the raw solitude of the character and how the world feels utterly lost, it’s all described very well. /.../ [Steinar Bragi] takes this issue, sexual violence against women, and makes it the focal point in all ways, so that one is forced to think about it and to take a stand. /.../ This is a truly powerful book!”

    Egill Helgason, Kiljan, RÚV (Icelandic National Broadcasting Service), Iceland

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Author
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Published
2014
Genre
  • Literary
Pages
300
Reading material

English sample

Icelandic edition

Rights sold

Czech Republic, Zlin

Denmark, Gyldendal

Finland, Like

Iceland, Forlagid

Russia, Eksmo

Sweden, Natur & Kultur

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