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The Antarctica of Love

Sara Stridsberg

8 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

The story of a young woman's brief life, her brutal murder, and the world that moves on without her

They say you die three times.
The first time for me was when my heart stopped beating beneath his hands by the lake.
The second was when what was left of me was lowered into the ground in front of Ivan and Raksha at Solna church.
The third will be the last time my name is spoken on earth.

"A disturbingly beautiful book" Expressen
"Stridsberg has surpassed herself" Aftonposten

After a childhood of neglect, Inni is a rebellious teenager, a volatile young woman, a drug addict, a sex worker, an unreliable mother . . . She lives her life on the margins, but it is a life that is full, complex, full of different shades of dark and light, until it is brutally ended one summer's day on a lake shore at the heart of a distant, rain-washed forest.

On the surface, this is the story of Inni's death - but really it is about her life before, and the lives that carry on afterwards. It's about her children, her parents, her childhood, adolescence and the chain of choices, tragedies and accidents that lead her to life on the streets and take her into the wrong crowd, the wrong places, and finally the wrong car with the wrong person.

Sara Stridsberg's new novel is about absolute vulnerability, brutality and isolation. The Antarctica of Love is a heartrending existential drama in which the characteristic blend of Stridsberg's great literary weight and her readability creates an original mix of terror and beauty, longing and black despair. A devastating story of unexpected love, tenderness and light in the total darkness.

Translated from Swedish by Deborah Bragan-Turner

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Praise for The Antarctica of Love

  • Already with her second novel - The Faculty of Dreams, which was awarded the 2007 Nordic Council Literature Prize - Stridsberg proved that she is among the finest authors of contemporary Nordic literature ... With her latest work, The Antarctica of Love, Stridsberg has surpassed herself. The Antarctica of Love is a novel that one both rejects and cannot resist. It is brutal and oddly full of light, it is wild and violent, but also full of love and tenderness. - Aftonposten

  • A shattering read from one of Scandinavia's truly modern storytellers, in prose that appears both more sophisticated and more accessible than previous works. - Klassekampen

  • The book has a linguistic abundance that fires up the reader with energy and the conviction that this novel can be one of the best of the year. - Adresseavisen

  • Gives voice to the unseen . . . A terrible and beautiful novel with unique moral heft. - Vart Land

  • Few writers craft such distinct imagery, in such poetic meanderings, with such beauty and precision, as Stridsberg - Svenska Dagbladet

  • The Antarctica of Love is an utterly brilliant novel - Skanska Dagbladet

  • A disturbingly beautiful book. Stridsberg writes perhaps the most taut and most beautiful prose in Sweden right now - Expressen

  • Her story becomes inscribed upon our minds, so rich with poetic expressions and prosaic sentences that it is ultimately difficult to comprehend all the horror, since it is wrapped in such powerful words. ... Sara Stridsberg's The Antarctic of Love is this year's most poignant book - LitteraturMagazinet

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Sara Stridsberg

Sara Stridsberg, born in 1972, is a writer and playwright. Her first novel Happy Sally was published in 2004, and her break-through came two years later with the publication of The Faculty of Dreams, her second novel, the English translation of which was longlisted for the Booker International Prize in 2019. Her latest novel, Darling River, was published in 2010. She has been shortlisted for the prestigious August Prize three times, most recently in 2012 for her collection of plays, Medealand and other plays. She lives in Stockholm.

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