Added: April 8, 2017 – Last updated: April 8, 2017


Authors: Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger

Title: South of Forgiveness

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Place: Melbourne and London

Publisher: Scribe

Year: 2017

Pages: 320pp.

ISBN-13: 9781925321951 (Australian Paperback Edition) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781911344056 (UK Paperback Edition) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781925307979 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | European History: Icelandic History | Oceanian History: Australian History | Cases: Offenders / Tom Stranger; Cases: Victims / Thordis Elva; Offenders: First-Person Narratives; Victims: First-Person Narratives, Reconciliation


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– Thordis Elva: Author's Personal Website

Description: »A woman, a man, a rape, and a hard journey from violence to reconciliation.
One ordinary spring morning in Reykjavik, Thordis Elva kisses her son and partner goodbye before boarding a plane to do an extraordinary thing: fly seven thousand miles south to meet up with the man who raped her when she was just sixteen.
Meanwhile, in Sydney, Australia, Tom Stranger nervously embarks on an equally life-changing journey, wondering whether he is worthy of this meeting.
After exchanging hundreds of searingly honest emails over eight years, Thordis and Tom decided it was time to speak face to face. Coming from opposite sides of the globe, they meet in the middle, in Cape Town, South Africa, a country that is no stranger to violence and the healing power of forgiveness.
South of Forgiveness is an unprecedented collaboration between a survivor and a perpetrator, each equally committed to exploring the darkest moment of their lives. It is a true story about being bent but not broken, of facing fear with courage, and of finding hope even in the most wounded of places.« (Source: Scribe)

Interview: Fidler, Richard, et al. »Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger speak about rape as a survivor and a perpetrator.« Conversations with Richard Fidler. ABC 2017. – Bibliographic Entry: Info


Maguire, Emily. » South of Forgiveness review: An unlikely memoir of rape and forgiveness.« The Sydney Morning Herald (February 25, 2017). – Full Text: The Sydney Morning Herald (Free Access)


– Elva Þorvaldsdóttir, Þórdís, and Tom Stranger. Handan fyrirgefningar: Sönn saga. Reykjavík 2017. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

– Elva, Thordis, and Tom Stranger. Ich will dir in die Augen sehen: Eine Frau trifft den Mann, der sie vergewaltigt hat. Munich 2017. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

– Elva, Thordis, and Tom Stranger. På andra sidan förlåtelsen: En sann historia. Stockholm 2017. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

Website: South of Forgiveness

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