“This guy once said that blue-line people feel the most down in Stockholm.
He said it was because we’re always traveling in the dark. The only sun and only light we see really, is between two stops.
Other than that, we go from one subway station to the next through a dark tunnel.
All year around.”
Evin Ahmad’s debut is a striking novel of travel and movement. From one place to another, one age to another, one future to another. From the benches in the suburb Akalla, Adidas pants and fake Ray Bans from Alanya, to the posh drama school on Östermalm in central Stockholm, where they teach you to breath in the right way and provide massages.
It is a story about becoming an artist, and to be young in our day and age. About navigating between guilt and heritage, choosing between different kinds of betrayal, and trusting your own talent. The story has an explosive energy, anger and euphoria, and grief for all that is already lost.