Eija Hetekivi Olsson's latest novel is both a sharp, sprightly-worded social commentary on how society treats its marginalised youths, and a warm rendering of a steadfast mother-daughter bond.
Translated by Sophie Ruthven.
In Anneli Jordahl's sharp social critique, a widow left adrift after her husband's sudden death finds catharsis in recording the unreported stories of workplace deaths across Sweden.
Translated by Kate Lambert.
In Kjell Johansson's latest novel, after a breakdown in his former workplace, a retired school janitor is confronted with his past.
Translated by Neil Betteridge.
Jenny Wrangborg's poetry explores working conditions in the restaurant industry, solidarity, and the struggle to unionise this sector of the economy.
Translated by Freke Räihä and Jenny Wrangborg.
Susanna Alakoski's most recent project takes an explicitly wide, and dazzlingly ambitious, view of regular people caught in the winds of history with a suite of novels that puts individual destinies in a deeply researched context.
Translated by Kira Josefsson.
Carin Bacho and Catharina Lantz of Koja Agency discuss the ins and outs of selling children's book rights, the key to a good children's or YA book, and the books that inspired them as children.
We report on Gothenburg Book Fair's first hybrid fair.
We present some of the latest shortlists and winners in Swedish-language fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children's fiction.
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The Swedish word sorgearbete (mourning) evokes the work we do to process our sorrow. The Singularity, the latest novel from Kurdish-Swedish author Balsam Karam, is the embodiment of such work, and can only be described as lyrical, stirring, and immensely powerful.
In an expansive collection of poetry dealing explicitly with climate change and COVID-19, Malte Persson explores the meaning of time of and beyond humanity. Annihilation, ranging in scope from single poems to a 60-page epic, uses rhyme to impose a sense of order in an increasingly disordered world.
In Sara Lundberg's The Day of Forgetting, we see that some days are just like that. You forget what you’re supposed to do or where you’re supposed to go. You might even embarrass yourself by getting things wrong. But don’t worry: we all know what it feels like, and we know it does get better.
A woman is admitted to a secure psychiatric ward claiming she needs to prevent a terrorist attack. In the suspenseful thriller Black sun, Andreas Norman unpicks a white supremacist conspiracy to assassinate the Swedish prime minister.
Felicia Stenroth's Movements of the Hand is a taut, strikingly written representation of modern-day exploitation, and a powerful account of the lasting psychological effects of poverty.
Authoritarianism, rhetoric and protest: scenes from daily life. Anna-Lena Laurén's The Velvet Dictatorship. Resistance and fellow-travellers in today’s Russia. is a highly readable collection of essays on contemporary Russia written by an expert in the area.