In the hospital, being treated for cervical cancer, Mia meditates on her life, her ex-girlfriend, and the state of her sanity. This heartbreaking autobiographical novel dramatizes the brutality of disease and its effects on both mind and body. Ultimately, Let Me Sleep Until It Is Just a Dream is an examination—as Kjersti Annesdatter Skomsvold writes—of what a person is when “all she has left is language.” Stifoss-Hanssen’s debut is a powerful piece of work, whose images and insights will remain in the mind for a long time.
Ellisiv Stifoss-Hanssen is a Norwegian author, from Trondheim. Let Me Sleep Until It Is Just a Dream, is her debut novel, and is based on her own experience with cervical cancer. It garnered widespread praise in her native Norway.
Born and raised in Norway, May-Brit Akerholt now lives in Australia, where she is a recipient of a Fellowship from the Theatre Board of Australia Council. She has lectured on theatre at NIDA, worked as a Dramaturg and Literary Manager at Sydney Theatre Company, and has translated numerous plays. She is also the author of Patrick White.