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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

“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

“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

ENDORSEMENTS

“Brilliantly researched, angry, immensely readable in this fine translation”

The Guardian

“I hardly believe my own eyes, reading Dan Josefsson’s epic, thorough and supremely interesting book about the alleged Swedish serial killer Sture Bergwall, who for a time went under the name Thomas Quick.”

-Karen Syberg, Information (Denmark)

“Not just an indictment of the Thomas Quick scandal, but also a piece of modern cultural history about psychology gone terribly wrong.”

-Lars Linder, Dagens Nyheter

RIGHTS SOLD.

Finnish rights sold to Tammi

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