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Issue number: 2013:2

2013:2

Fiction by Kerstin Ekman and Mikael Niemi, and a look behind the scenes at translating

Editor: Sarah Death

 

(Image: The Öresund Bridge by Night. Credit: Janus Langhorn /imagebank.sweden.se)

Translations

Articles

Reviews

Edited and compiled by Anna Paterson

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REVIEW

Nymfens Tid

A shadowy, treacherous epoch, when Europe stood on the brink of war and a dark cloud of fear and intrigue – both personal and political – hung over the continent like an impending plague of locusts.

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REVIEW

Feberflickan

She discovers that there is blood on her dress, but she is having her period, so perhaps that is the reason? Still, she hides the dress in her closet. The bodies of her parents are found, and she is arrested.

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Vägen mot bålberget

Söderlind has taken her inspiration from a dark but horrifyingly real chapter in the history of Ångermanland. The plot revolves around Stake Mountain, a hill on which 71 local women, sentenced to death for witchcraft, were beheaded and burnt in the 1670s.

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Liknelseboken: En kärleksroman

The book is very much a meta-novel. Its nine chapters consist of nine parables, corresponding perhaps to the nine leaves torn from the centre of his long-dead father’s poetry notebook. The notebook had recently come into the author’s hands, even though he had long believed that his strongly religious mother had burnt the notebook. To her way of thinking, poetry was sinful. Parables, however, were acceptable.