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/Anagram & Second Land