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"The Faculty of Dreams" voted Best Swedish Novel of the Decade by DN

Faculty of Dreams Sara Stridsberg
Original title: Drömfakulteten
Original publication: Albert Bonniers förlag
Genre: General Fiction

The narrative in The Faculty of Dreams revolves around Valerie Solanas, the sixties icon famous for writing the ultra-feminist manifesto SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) and who later shot and seriously injured Andy Warhol.

In the novel’s fictious background story, the author visits Valerie Solanas at the end of her life in the hotel in a red-light district in San Fransisco where Solanas was residing when she died in April 1988. Sara Stridsberg mixes documentary material and free fiction in a feverishly vibrant prose which finds Valerie Solanas permanently on the verge of disaster, a prodigy who simultaneously mirrors and distorts the stories that constitute her world.



REVIEWS

“Sara Stridsberg’s The Faculty of Dreams was awarded the prestigious prize of the Nordic Council, and rightly so. The prize is often given to literature that creates something daring, and the Swedish author, who also writes for the theater, has risked a lot. … Maybe Sara Stridsberg is a Strindberg for our time.”

-WDR 3

“The most vulgar slang is paired with lyrical sensitivity to a strong literary rhythmic drive, that gives this life spiraling downward a harrowing verbal framework.”

-zitty

“Opening this book, the reader rips opens its very skin. Like it or not, you will see the thrilling spectacle, the muscles and bone, of a vibrant, living text.”

– Le Monde

 

” This text of rare strength unleashes an irresistibile seduction. ”

” Ce texte d’une force rare dégage une séduction irrésistible. ”

– Le Monde

“Impressive and bewitching, THE FACULTY OF DREAMS is unquestionably one of the revelations of the publishing season.”

” Prodigieuse et envoûtante, sa Faculté des rêves est incontestablement l’une des révélations de cette rentrée littéraire. ”

– Le Magazine littéraire

“This narrative draws you into a quasi-animal rhythm. Each line could be an epigraph, like the one that closes the book: ‘The women knew instinctively that the only evil lies in harming others and that the meaning of life is love.’ This book is truly astonishing.”

“Le récit vous conduit dans une pulsation quasi animale. Chaque ligne pourrait être mise en exergue, à l’image de celle qui clôture le livre: ‘Les femmes savent instinctivement que le seul mal est de nuire aux autres et que le sens de la vie est l’amour.’ Ce livre m’a vraiment sidérée.”

– Véronique Ovaldé

“At once a hagiography, an exercise in admiration and a portrait of a marginal America, this crazy novel reveals the fate of the woman who wanted to shoot Andy Warhol.”

“C’est à la fois une hagiographie, un exercice d’admiration et un portrait de l’Amérique marginale que l’on découvre dans ce roman aussi déjanté que le destin de celle qui voulut flinguer Andy Warhol. ”

– LIRE

“This book is not for everyone. The heroine, Valerie Solanas, really lived. This woman of incredible charisma worked as a prostitute, dreamed of love, demanded every kind of liberty, and wanted to be one of the great American intellectuals. Unforgettable.”

“Ce livre n’est pas pour tout le monde… L’héroïne s’appelle Valerie Solanas et a vraiment existé. Cette femme au charisme incroyable était prostituée, rêvait d’amour, revendi- quait toutes les formes de liberté et voulait être la plus grande intellectu- elle d’Amérique. Inoubliable!”

Librairie L’arbre à lettres Mouffetard

RIGHTS SOLD.

Danish rights sold to C&K

Finnish rights sold to Tammi

French rights sold to Stock

UK rights sold to MacLehose Press

US rights sold to Farrar, Straus & Giroux

AGENT

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