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Klas Östergren

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The Sumac Woods is shortlisted for the August Prize 2017 in the category of Best Swedish Fiction of the Year.

Klas Östergren (b. 1955) is one of Sweden’s foremost authors. Since his debut in the mid-seventies he has published fourteen novels, written several TV-series and translated plays, especially by Ibsen and Ayckbourne.

In 1980 he made his breakthrough with the novel Gentlemen and in 2014 the major motion picture based on the novel and directed by Mikael Marcimain opened in cinemas. It was nominated to more awards than any other film in the history of the Swedish award Guldbaggen.

In December 2014 Klas Östergren was elected to The Swedish Academy.

 

Photo: Victor Gårdsäter

 

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The Sumac Woods

"This new one wore an overcoat, dark creased pants, a white shirt under a cardigan. His shining brogues has leather soles. The light brown, somewhat curly hair was short. Over all, it was a style belonging to an adult. It didn’t convey any affiliation, and thereby neither a clear dissociation."

This new one is Dan Schoultze, he arrives out of the blue one day to a school with a bad reputation and a thousand students in Stockholm. The Vietnam war is in full swing, and someone has written “Everything now!” next to the school entrance. Kenneth Jansson becomes friends with the peculiar Dan and his sister, who live together in a big house next to a wood of trees that Kenneth has never seen before, sumac, with leaves in the shape of marijuana. Marijuana, that also appears to grow beneath the sumac trees. There are no grown-ups around. In the woods they build a hut, and when summer comes the three of them lie there and smoke, surrounded by greens.

It’s idyllic, but it’s fragile. The surrounding world demands their attention. The war that is going on in another part of the world affects everyone. The kids in the woods of sumac must pick sides, and make a choice that will have momentous consequences.


Author:
Klas Östergren

Original title:
I en skog av sumak

Published:
September 2017

Genre:
General Fiction

Original publisher:
Natur & Kultur

Reading material:
Swedish manuscript (final)
English sample

266 pp.

Denmark/Rosinante


The Sumac Woods was serialized in Dagens Nyheter in the summer of 2017.

 

"A novel that creates a deep perspective, lined with a thousand mysteries. Östergren’s literature has to be discovered."

Svenska dagbladet, ON the sumac woods

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"It's all very entertaining. Klas Östergren is one of our foremost stylists. The language dances over the pages in an unmistakable tone."

Ystads Allehanda, on the Sumac Woods

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Twist

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From a starting point in the 1960s, when summers where long and The Beatles anthem for a generation, “Twist and Shout”, still echoed in people’s minds, Klas Östergrens’s new novel digs its way through the decades until present day. Back then a love sprung to life, for a woman with many names. Anna. Or Ann-Marie. Or Ami.

Twist is a story about using people and being used. It’s a story about money changing hands when central Stockholm was transformed from a shabby but charming old town to a bold new city of concrete and glass fifty years ago. But if bribes are to be considered a grey area there is also a pitch-black side to the deceit of this story. Step by step the narrator becomes aware of how money, information and power travel in Europe after the fall of the wall between East and West at the end of the 1980s.

Nobody can escape. They’re all part of the game: unknowing, reluctant or by their own free will. Just as in a novel by Graham Greene or John Le Carré, Twist examines the moral implications of a betrayal: how betrayal twists the people involved in it, whether they are the victim or the perpetrator.


Author:
Klas Östergren

Original title:
Twist

Published:
August 2014

Genre:
General Fiction

Original publisher:
Natur & Kultur

Reading material:
Swedish manuscript (final)
English sample

383 pp.

Denmark/Rosinante
Finland/Siltala
Sweden/Natur & Kultur

 

“This is a multifaceted, grand story by Klas Östergren in his absolute best storytelling mood. […] The novel is very well composed and a reading adventure.”

GOMORRON SVERIGE, SVT, ON TWIST

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“Grand entertainment.”

AFTONBLADET, ON TWIST

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