Asta Olivia Nordenhof (born 1988, Copenhagen) was educated at Forfatterskolen in Copenhagen, from which she graduated in 2011. Her debut, Et ansigt til Emily (Basilisk), described as a ‘patchwork book’, was published the same year. She has received literary prizes including: the Montanas Litteraturpris, 2013; Albert Dams Mindelegat, 2014; Klaus Rifbjergs Debutantpris, 2014; F. P. Jacs Mindelegat, 2015; Morten Nielsens Mindelegat, 2017; and Skulderklaplegatet, 2019. Penge på lommen (Money in Your Pocket) (Scandinavian Star 1) (Basilisk, Copenhagen, 2020) is her most recent publication. Other works by Asta Olivia Nordenhof include Det nemme og det ensomme (The Easiness and the Loneliness, poetry, 2013). She cites as her inspiration the Austrian performance artist Valie Export, early Eminem and her maternal grandmother.
Money in Your Pocket is the first part of a novel sequence which has the fire on board the Scandinavian Star as the central theme. So the focal point is an actual event, but the characters in the works are fictitious. Asta Olivia Nordenhof both impresses and interferes with a work that transcends the common divisions of private and public, biography and fiction, body and text. She writes lyrics with her body and her youth that are both tender and straightforward, and this extends beyond the covers of her book. In anthologies, on her blog and with her debut A Face to Emily from 2011, she writes about grief, the body and desire in a search for how intimacy can arise across distances. In 2020, she presented plans for the capitalism-critical seven-volume work Scandinavian Star, of which Money in Your Pocket is the first part. In this volume, we meet Kurt and Maggie. They live on a farm just outside Nyborg. Kurt’s bus company has yielded a nice profit for several years in a row, and Kurt dreams of investing the money in something big. Meanwhile, Maggie tries to understand what love is and why she allowed love to eat her life. We also meet the narrator. She’s somewhere on the island of Funen when she gets a fright, which leads her into the lives of Kurt and Maggie. Asta Olivia Nordenhof uses the facts of the Scandinavian Star assassination in the novel. All grades are fictitious.