National values always have a geographical and historical context: there is no immutable core of ‘Swedishness’, but a series of changing conceptions and expressions reacting to outside factors. This study examines how these key expressions have influenced Sweden’s development.
In Elisabeth Åsbrink's remarkable book 1947 the author combines the broad sweep of history with the highly personal. In this interview with her translator Fiona Graham she reflects on the parallels with our own troubled times.
Set across three generations of women in three cities, Abandonment is a captivating story of love, emigration and humanity that traces how secrets and lies pass from one generation to the next.
Translated by Deborah Bragan-Turner.