Jenny Hval

Norway

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Norwegian musician, writer and artist Jenny Hval can be described as a creative polymath. Despite having published several novels (two of which have been translated into English: “Paradise Rot: A Novel,” 2018 and “Girls Against God,” 2020), she is known primarily for her music; she has released eight albums to date. Be it lyrics, poems or prose, Jenny writes fast, in an almost stream-of-consciousness way – “automatic writing,” she calls it – and rarely thinks about themes or does research. As writer Derek Robertson observes, “trying to boil her work down to any sort of definitive ideology is futile” but, ahead of the release of her 2019 album “The Practice of Love,” he sat down with her for WePresent to learn why a creative’s quest is never over.

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I say my truest, most human things when I write automatically.