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AnetteBy Anette
First created
AnetteBy Anette
First created
€3,321
pledged of €22,000pledged of €22,000 goal
57
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 30 2017 10:59 PM UTC +00:00

About

The novel  

1997, East Village, New York City. 14-month-old Fie is in her pram, in front of a restaurant, sleeping. Her mother and father are sitting inside, enjoying a drink. Passers-by alert the police ... The Pramcase is soon being covered by world media outlets. 

A novel about being almost driven mad by powerlessness, about trust and fear, justice and revenge. About a surprising sense of satisfaction due to the attention of the media following the new-mother – but not without guilt and shame. Guilt and shame that she is trying to work through in an unsuccessful attempt to get the court on her side. 

A novel based on real events with themes as relevant today as they were 20 years ago.   

The story behind the novel  

Anette wrote A Worm in The Apple – The Pramcase of New York in her native Danish. The novel presents the basis for a case that took place in New York in 1997: Anette was the mother who placed her sleeping daughter, Liv, in a pram in front of a restaurant, and was then arrested on the grounds of neglecting to care for her daughter. Liv was removed from her mother, investigated for physical abuse, and sent to an orphanage to then be quickly placed with a foster family. After four days, Liv was returned to Anette. As described in the novel, the case was covered by major news outlets worldwide. 

A case that sparked a transatlantic debate on how parents can best take care of their children and the consequences of making a choice and being punished for it in the highest sense – the removal of your child. It became personal, a smouldering conflict between guilt and innocence. 

Mother and daughter were the victims of a politically resolute and consistent intervention. A zero tolerance policy. An action against an individual. From a highly personal point-of-view, Anette sees American society as indirectly critical during the time when Rudolph Giuliani was mayor of New York City. 

New York, May 17th 1997: Anette is in court, fighting to get her daughter back. Alongisde her is her lawyer and a lawyer from the Consulate General of Denmark
New York, May 17th 1997: Anette is in court, fighting to get her daughter back. Alongisde her is her lawyer and a lawyer from the Consulate General of Denmark

Why have it translated into English? 

We hope that an English edition of the novel will restart the debate on the novel’s themes, particularly the debate about trust versus fear, which is so deeply rooted in our cultural heritage. We are convinced that the novel not only concerns the issues the two protagonists faced, but also vital social issues such as child-rearing, minority/majority, attention and recognition from the media, guilt and shame, cultural differences, and so on, which are very much worth discussing in our current time. 

We want to highlight one story among thousands to such an extent that it causes to us ask ourselves and each other questions about how we would like to live together. 

With an English translation of A Worm in The Apple – The Pramcase of New York, we can reach out to a larger audience, to the readership in the country where the story actually took place – to you! But to achieve that goal, we need your help ... 

Who we are 

Anette, Liv, Sinéad
Anette, Liv, Sinéad
 
Anette Sørensen Habel – in addition to writing, teaching and facilitating theater projects, she is the mother of Liv, Xara, and Max. A real initiator who thrives in growth and development, and doesn’t shy away from tackling difficult subjects artistically as she strives to make a social and political difference.

Liv Habel – is responsible for the graphic design of the book’s cover as well as the typographical layout and setup when the book hopefully becomes a reality. The book’s design is very personal for Liv as she is also one of the protagonists of the novel A Worm in The Apple – The Pramcase of New York – she was the baby “left” outside the restaurant in New York’s East Village in 1997. 

Sinéad Quirke Køngerskov – an academic and archaeologist turned Danish to English translator, who is so convinced of the success of the English translation that she’s already started translating the novel. Her translations include Marie Tourell Søderberg’s Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness, Susanne Clod Pedersen’s Arnulf and Maria Hirse’s The 13th. Originally from Ireland, Sinéad now lives in Denmark. She’s currently translating From Damgaard to Microsoft by Hans Peter Bech, a business biography of a Danish software company, Damgaard Data, that went on to be sold to Microsoft.


What we hope to make and how to spend it

  • Translation                                € 5.400 / $ 6.400   
  • Editor                                        € 2.800 / $ 3.200  
  • Graphic design                         € 2.800 / $ 3.200  
  • Production of 2000 books        € 9.000 / $ 10.500   
  • Shipping                                   € 2.000 / $ 2.350
Grand Total:                                         € 22.000 / $ 25.650
 


Anette talks to a Danish tv journalist after returning to Denmark with her daughter
Anette talks to a Danish tv journalist after returning to Denmark with her daughter
 
 

Risks and challenges

Crowdfunding for the English translation of A Worm in The Apple – The Pramcase of New York starts October 17th and ends November 30th, 2017.

The challenge is to raise the funds to ensure the novel is of high quality and something that you would want to share. Once the funds have been raised, the book will be fully translated, edited and proofread. Galleys of the cover, style and layout will be produced, before finally sending the book to print.

Parallel to this, we will be getting the bookmarks ready – both the simple ones and the unique handmade bookmarks so that our reward obligations can be fulfilled as promptly as possible.

We are aware that this will be a lot of time-consuming work, but this really is a labor of love. Reward fulfillment is always a tough challenge for a small group, but we’ve partnered with people who are experts in delivering books and bookmarks to supporters, no later than 6 months after the campaign comes to an end.

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