Tag Archives: Torgny Lindgren

Fantasy with style

The story told in Anders Björkelids Förbundsbryterskan is extremely standard fantasy: two kids on a mission to save the world, faces obstacles of the fantastic kind. If that was all this book was I would’ve been hard in my criticism, … Continue reading

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The spiritual value of food

Commercial cut: Torgny Lindgrens Hash (Pölsan) is another example of his peerless language and imagination. Split into two timelines it tells the story of an old newswriter who tells the story of how Lars Högström and Robert Maser went on … Continue reading

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Susanna Clarke delivers again

British author Susanna Clarke gave us one of the best fantasy novels ever with Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell in 2004. It was a stilistic triumph, experimental and efficient, in spite of it’s clocking in at over 700 pages. How do you … Continue reading

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Touching mission of a de-missionary man

Commercial cut: In Norrlands Akvavit Swedish writer Torgny Lindgren says good-bye to his fictional universe of Avabäck. An old man returns to correct a mistake: In his youth he was a minister, saving the inhabitants in the name of Jesus. … Continue reading

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Brilliant portrayal of the lack of brilliance

Commercial cut: Torgny Lindgren’s Klingsor is a remarkable novel, written in the author’s typical language and very moving. Tragedy and comedy in one package it delivers a punch to my stomach that keeps aching for days. The story about the … Continue reading

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Sounding the depth of ordinary evil

Commercial cut: Torgny Lindgrens novel Sweetness (Hummelhonung) is a great work of literature. While occasionally revolting it’s also poetic and beautiful, firmly establishing Lindgren as one of the most important Swedish writers today. The story about a woman who spends a … Continue reading

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Stillsam briljans om ett liv baserat på en lögn

”I hans Bibel dör människor i nästan orimligt stor omfattning, ibland enskilt och så att säga personligen, ofta i stora hopar, sammangyttrade och kollektivt och solidariskt.” Jag tänker: det här är skälet till att ingen tar fantasy på allvar – … Continue reading

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