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Lotta Lundberg

Lotta Lundberg (b. 1961) has a degree in Political Science, writes a regular column for the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet and teaches creative writing.

During the cold war she worked as a tour guide behind the iron curtain. She has been tending bars in Key Largo and in Limerick and was the chairwoman of the Women’s Crises Centre in Uppsala. 

Lundberg debuted in 1998 with the novel Låta sig hända (Let Oneself Happen) about a teacher who falls in love with her student. Her breakthrough came in 2006 with Skynda, kom och se (Roll up! Roll up!) which revolves around the freak shows of the 1930s.


Lotta Lundberg HAS RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Swedish Radio Novel Prize 2015

De Nios Julpris 2014


Photo: Axel Schmidt

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Bibliography

 

The Hour Zero

What is the Hour Zero? Stunde Null, hour zero, is what the Germans called the period after the second world war, when Europe was laid in ruins, and the world had to be built anew, on top of those ruins, by people who were, if not perpetrators, then carrying heavy loads of guilt. How do you start over? On the back of everything that’s happened? How much of your own complicity do you acknowledge, and how much do you try to hide to keep living? In this novel Lotta Lundberg spins a world around the image of a woman standing in her own ruin, her own hour zero – where does she go from there?

Berlin 1945. The author Hedwig Lohmann is traveling from the ruined city to a convent. About a year earlier her daughter has made her way through hell. Where is she now – the girl she left behind? Is she even alive?

Blidholmen 2005. Ingrid has quit her practice to move to the archipelago and be a priest’s wife. Her husband is ill and demands her care. But on the island, there is also Hanna, the author that her husband seems to become closer and closer with.

Uppsala 1983. Isa cuts up her doll and as a teenager she ends up at the psychologist's. One day she decides to create The Great Therapy-game. If you land on the wrong box on the board you will have to go straight to Chaos – but there are ways to mend the world.

With great skill Lotta Lundberg braids three voices together, three women separated in time and space but still linked together. The Hour Zero marks the end of the war, but also the human experience of standing in your own ruin. What is a woman allowed to do? What is most forbidden? Can you get another chance when the very worst has already happened?


Author:
Lotta Lundberg

Original title:
Timme Noll

Published:
August 2014

Genre:
General Fiction

Original publisher:
Natur & Kultur

Reading material:
Swedish manuscript (final)

374 pp.

Czech Republic/Kniha Zlin
Germany/Hoffman und Campe
Norway/Cappelen Damm
Macedonia/Bata Press Millennium
Sweden/Natur & Kultur

The Hour Zero will be played in Prague in the Spring of 2018.

 

“An impressive combination of skill and inspiring freedom […] An excellent, and in many ways transforming reading experience […] about the foundations of existence.”

KULTURNYTT

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“With irrepressible brilliance in language and style she depicts the search for an inner calling, outer rules and love without limits. This year’s laureate has exposed the deep gulf between who you are and who you want to be. The circle is closed, she has reached her purpose.”

SVERIGES RADIOS ROMANPRIS 2015

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The Island

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Far out in the South Seas lies the Island; majestic, forgotten, a paradise wrapped in the soft shade of its palm trees. For the past twenty years, it has been home to Olivia, a Swedish physician who works in the cottage hospital. Olivia sees herself—and is seen by others—as a natural part of island life; she is in a relationship with Taip, the island leader, and regularly participates in the dances on the Cape.

When tourists from a luxury cruise report the occurrence of sexual abuse on the Island, Christian, a high ranking British health care official, is sent over from the UK to investigate whether there is any truth to the allegations.

As center meets periphery and cultures come crashing into each other, everyone involved is forced to re-think their ideas about freedom, sexuality, and guilt.

The Island is one of the Commonwealth’s last colonies in the Pacific. But who does paradise belong to? And who is prepared to abandon their concept of it? 


Author:
Lotta Lundberg

Original title:
Ön

Published:
March 2012

Genre:
Literary Fiction

Original publisher:
Natur & Kultur

Reading material:
Swedish manuscript (final)
English sample

311 pp.

Sweden/Natur & Kultur
Movie-option/Second Land

 

“[The novel] is challenging in an unusual way. It delves deep… A good metaphor for man’s inaptitude to understand a society not constructed on the same norms and values … A blend of moral inquiry and thriller… She’s a very astute writer. This is about taboos, and how they change according to how much power someone has, or how little.” 

KULTURNYHETERNA

“Lotta Lundberg’s ability to bring matters to a head and to question thought patterns and structures makes the novel an important and at times uncomfortably thought-provoking read.” 

SVENSKA DAGBLADET

“Lotta Lundberg explores a mined field in her novel 'The Island'; a brave thing to do.”

UPSALA NYA TIDNING

 

“The reader is forced to constantly re-think, think again, about perennial questions concerning one’s own taboos as much as others’ potential misdeeds. Where do you draw the line? The intellectual material for this novel is very strong, and yet it never overshadows the story; The Island is powered as much by the strong charactersand the exciting plot as by the thinking that underwrites it.”

HELSINGBORGS DAGBLAD


“The most complex and nuanced novel I’ve read in a long time …Lotta Lundberg has written a novel that is as frustrating as it is rewarding.”

ARBETARBLADET

 

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Roll Up! Roll Up!

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Roll Up! Roll Up! is set in three different places: New York, Berlin and Stockholm, during an era that has been written about many times: when the early 1930s utopian ideas are expressed in national socialism and racial ideologies. But it has never been told from this perspective: the four main characters are dwarves, as they said in those days.

In the beginning, we get to know Glauer and Ka, who work at the amusement park Luna Park on Coney Island in New York. It is brash and sparkling around the cheap entertainment: in the miniature town Liliputia the little people humiliate themselves in tasteless pranks, and in the house of incubators premature babies are displayed in their glass cases. Austrian Glauer is longing to return to the cultivated Europe, where he is hoping to fulfill his dream about directing a serious theatre company. And Ka wants to tag along so she can elude and forget about the degrading medical examinations she has been subjected to, where the secret about her sex has been exposed and is attracting scientific interest.

They get hired as Christmas elves on a boat crossing the Atlantic, and in the capitol of cabarets, Berlin, they meet Nelly with the back pain and Verner, the smallest man alive. But it is the year 1933, Hitler has seized power and euthanasia programs are starting up. Violence and fear urge them to continue their journey. In a group with other circus dwarves they reach Stockholm at the last minute. They have an invitation, and how could the amusement park with the beautiful name Gröna Lund (Green Grove) be anything but a haven?

Roll Up! Roll Up! is an upsetting novel. It tells the story about the vulnerability of constantly being looked at, and about shame. But maybe it is even more about friendship and the longing for a dignified life without classifications.


Author:
Lotta Lundberg

Original title:
Skynda, kom och se

Published:
March 2006

Genre:
General Fiction

Original publisher:
Albert Bonniers Förlag

Reading material:
Swedish manuscript (final)

397 pp.

Denmark/Cicero
Finland/Gummerus
Germany/Hoffman und Campe
Holland/De Geus
Norway/Epoke forlag
Sweden/Albert Bonniers