Svea’s Son – the much-anticipated novel from bestselling and award-winning Lena Andersson
Svea’s Son is a generational novel by the bestselling and award-winning author Lena Andersson. A Man Called Ove meets modernity in this razor-sharp comedic rendering of the progress and ruin of the industrial welfare state. A much-anticipated novel by one of our time’s most perceptive chroniclers of society. After more than 500 000 copies sold of her previous works, August Prize recipient Lena Andersson is finally back.
Ragnar Johansson is born during the height of the Swedish Middle Way. He is a man completely without cracks, yet with a great, defining split. Despite considerable talent, he refrained from pursuing a cabinetmaking career, opting instead for the sheltered life of a wood workshop teacher. Whether this path was the result of piousness or cowardice remains unclear.
His mother, Svea Svensson, was raised in a different era, in which nothing came without a cost and everyday presented a struggle. Foodstuffs were handled with great care and thrift. Ragnar despises her hearty cooking, preferring instead the rational and practical concept of processed foods. Expertly calculated nutritional value that satisfies your appetite, tastes delicious and liberates women from kitchen drudgery. Ragnar Johansson has no doubt which values he should live by, but he is also profoundly contemplative – and therefore not entirely happy.
Svea’s Son is a tender, funny and forgiving portrait of the wood workshop teacher Ragnar Johansson. A child of industrial modernity, who we all know all too well.
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19 April 2018