The First Woman

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In the settling dust of the Cold War, Sara Lander becomes one of the first women ever to be accepted into the school of interpretation of the Swedish Armed Forces. Despite the war being over, Sara and her class of carefully selected recruits are still out there in the woods under shelters practicing their Russian as the threat in the East still looms. Sara is determined, however, to endure the challenges set upon her and carry the burden of preparing for war when peace has already been brokered.

Two decades later Sara finds herself working as a controversial yet well-received correspondent in Berlin at a time where Putin conducts the expansive politics of the empire, the Crimea is under Russian rule, where the troll factories are distributing disinformation, and the battle for truth exists wherever the news are conveyed. 

As Sara’s writing starts to take a more critical tone towards her homeland, the Russians make her a compelling offer. In this new era where loyalties can shift overnight, Sara is asked to write and report televised news for the regime faithful news network that goes against the western ideas of good and evil. In order to understand history and her place in it, Sara must question herself in new ways and learn what it is to be held accountable for the choices you make.

Lotta Lundberg

Original title:
Den första kvinnan

March 2019


Original publisher:
Natur & Kultur

Reading material:
Swedish manuscript (final)
English sample

374 pp.