from Best of Husbands by Gun-Britt Sundström
In her seminal novel, which has engaged and provoked readers since its publication in 1976, Gun-Britt Sundström explores the turbulent relationship between two people as they struggle to reconcile their differing needs.
Translated by Kathy Saranpa.
Arthur Allen presents a folio of ten previously untranslated poems of Maria Wine, a dexterous doyenne of Swedish literary modernism.
Translated by Arthur Allen.
Mikael Bergstrand takes us inside the mind of a self-satisfied consultant on the brink of a personal crisis, in his warmly humourous The Consultant who Wouldn't Swim.
Translated by Tom Buckle.
Kerstin Ekman returns with her first novel in ten years, an intimate and captivating tale of a man and his wife of many years, of their love for their community, their family, their dogs and for the natural world of which they are a part.
Translated by Linda Schenck.
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‘The absurd is a reality, he thought, forming a snowball between his hands, there’s no need to twist the text to find it, it’s there all the time.’ Year of the Black Moon, a delightful but troubling existential detective novel, follows a disillusioned scholar on an epic quest for clues and meaning when his normal life is derailed by concussion.
An unconventionally told story of childhood in which photography and aesthetics play a major part, Shade and Breeze is an elusive but absorbing debut novel.
Fine art meets organised crime in Dawn. False., a gripping tale focusing on two female artists.
In Seluah Alsaati’s Not Your Baby we meet Samira: star football player and burgeoning rapper, perhaps the next Cardi B. She knows who her friends are, and what she wants from a guy – three simple demands, nothing complicated. Then she meets Nabil, and her whole world is turned upside down ... and not totally for the better.
An account of a remarkable court case against the most unlikely of criminal gangs – private home care providers – is followed by well-informed commentary, case histories and interviews in The Home Care Mafia. Finally, a piece of journalistic dynamite: a unique list, naming and shaming assorted provider organisations and local authorities.
White Melancholy: An Analysis of a Nation in Crisis takes a timely look at Sweden’s shift from ethnic homogeneity to the more diverse society we see today.