Agents & Producers

Linda Olsson

Linda Olsson (b. 1948) worked as a lawyer in Stockholm and moved to Kenya with her family in the middle of the 1980's. For three years she lived in Nairobi and has since lived in many places all over the world until she settled down in Auckland, New Zealand 20 years ago. She debuted in 2005 with Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs.

 

Photo: Casia Bromberg

Foto: Casia Bromberg
 

Bibliography

 

A Sister in My House

A poignant family drama of betrayal, sadness, hope and forgiveness. Linda Olsson portrays, with great psychological sharpness, two sisters whose lives have been shaped by the childhood they shared, and yet not shared at all, showing us how far away we can be the ones that are closest to us.

The two sisters, Maria and Emma, have not seen each other since the funeral of their mother two years ago. Now Emma is coming to visit Maria in her house in Spain. At first their company is strained and uncomfortable. Maria, who lives alone, feels that Emma is disturbing and intruding on her life.

But gradually and tentatively their relationship deepens. Their conversations bring back memories of childhood. In the end they have to talk about the unspeakable. About the lost sister. The most loved one, the one who died. And in the background there is always the shadow of their mother. The beginning and the end of everything. 


Author:
Linda Olsson

Original title:
En syster i mitt hus

Published:
April 2016

Genre:
General Fiction

Original publisher:
Brombergs

Reading material:
Swedish ms
English ms

250 pp.

Denmark/Aronsen
Finland/Gummerus
Germany/BTB
New Zeeland/Penguin New Zealand
Norway/Vigmostad & Björke
Sweden/Brombergs
WE (except New Zealand)/Penguin

 

“... a superb and moving read.”

STUFF.CO.NZ, ON BLACKBIRD

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The Blackbird Sings at Dusk

This is a story about love. And the fact that no one is sufficient on their own.

It is a dark winter evening when a woman moves into the ground floor apartment in a building on the southern heights of Stockholm. Her arrival is witnessed by the neighbour, a young man, a cartoonist. She flows into his drawings, and becomes a character that he names Blackbird. Inside the woman’s apartment, on the other hand, constant darkness prevails, interrupted only by the short hours of unwelcome daylight. At night, it happens that she is overcome by feverish dreams. In them she is visited by the Woman in Green, a dreamlike figure, that gradually is gaining more control over her life. She lies in her unlit apartment breathlessly awaiting the next visit.

A wrongly delivered package becomes the beginning of a relationship that will change her life, that of the young cartoonist, and also that of his neighbour upstairs, an older widower. These three people are brought together by chance and their company will change their lives and the way they look at it. 


Author:
Linda Olsson

Original title:
I skymningen sjunger koltrasten

Published:
September 2014

Genre:
General Fiction

Original publisher:
Brombergs

Reading material:
Swedish ms
English ms

250 pp.

Denmark/Aronsen
Finland/Gummerus
France/L'Archipel
Germany/BTB
The Netherlands/Orlando
New Zealand/Penguin NZ
Norway/Vigmostad & Bjørke (2 books)
Sweden/Brombergs

 

Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs/Astrid & Veronika

A dark night in March, Veronika, a young writer, arrives at a remote house in the Swedish countryside. She is there to finish her novel and to run away from a sorrow in her past. She befriends Astrid, a reclusive older woman who has lived in the village all her life. Olsson leads us through the flowering of their unusual and tender friendship, as they slowly and carefully reveal their life histories and sometimes heart-rending pasts. The Swedish landscape is always a powerful presence and measures the progress of the women's relationship; as the icy winter and bare trees give way to spring and then summer, the women's friendship deepens.

Veronika divulges the death of her fiancé James, a New Zealander, and Astrid exposes her terrible family background: a mother who committed suicide, an abusive father, an unhappy marriage and the death of her daughter. As the women grow closer, they find peace within themselves.


Author:
Linda Olsson

Original title:
Nu vill jag sjunga dig milda sånger

Published:
September 2005

Genre:
General Fiction

Original publisher:
New Zealand/Penguin NZ

Reading material:
Swedish ms
English ms

250 pp.

 

Denmark/Aronsen
Finland/Gummerus
France/L'Archipel
Germany/BTB
The Netherlands/Orlando
New Zealand/Penguin NZ
Norway/Vigmostad & Bjørke (2 books)
Sweden/Brombergs
Macedonia/Bata Press Millennium

 

“‘Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs’ might be the best novel I have read. Ever.”

NORRA VÄSTERBOTTEN

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