“As a critic, it is hard for me to find the words to describe Stridsberg’s prose. How can I make you understand, dear reader, how fantastically darkness and light completely merge in her writing, without it being intended as consolation, nor it being used as simple contrasts? I cannot describe it, you have to experience it yourself, it is pure bliss”
”Beckomberga” is a beautiful novel. It is beautiful because its metallic colours gleam like tinsel in the language, like silver foil wrapped around a piece of hashish. Yet it is also beautiful because it handles the emotional depths with a sort of required curiosity: what can one do with the suction from the depths, or with the person who wants to be taken down by it?
“With “Beckomberga” Stridsberg consolidates her place among the best contemporary writers in Sweden.”
”To me, this is some of the most beautiful and powerful work that Sara Stridsberg has done. The chapters are like hurried breaths, unceasingly busy and so short that what is painful becomes unbearable.”
”Anyone who is not captivated by this novel must lack a deeper appreciation of linguistic excellence and very likely has a heart of stone.”
“Beckomberga is without a doubt one of the most convincing and captivating novels of the year. It will continue to live inside of me for a long time: the atmospheres, questions, and figures are still there in my consciousness. One can only say that about very few books.”
“Beckomberga – An Ode to my Family, is a novel about love, though more unusual in its approach, illuminated by a rare lustrous beauty.”
“Above all the novel defends the right of individuals not to fit in, to be unsuitable, to walk their own path.”
“Sara Stridsberg (b. 1972), whose work belongs to the elite of modern Swedish prose, writes of the shunned milieu of mental hospitals in such a beautiful and lyrical language that it brings to mind impressionistic painting. The magical realist description abounds with shades of the light of the north, birds, trees, changings seasons.”
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