5 April 2018
We are receiving the most wonderful reviews for the US edition of Elisabeth Åsbrink’s 1947. Where now begins. How about the following quotes:
“The Swedish journalist Åsbrink’s “1947” is an extraordinary achievement. […] Åsbrink is throughout attentive to the complex dynamic produced by the Holocaust’s multiple aftermaths, the urgently necessary and terrifyingly confusing process of decolonization and the consolidation of the Soviet bloc. Her constant intercutting of the world-shaking with the quotidian — including her father as a child navigating post-Nazi Budapest — underscores a challenge to more mainstream genres of history writing. The year 1947 did mark a tipping point between the savagery of the immediate past and the tentative stirrings of postwar potentialities. Ultimately most compelling is 1947’s relationship to our present. A chilling recurrent subplot involves the remarkably rapid regrouping of undeterred ex-Nazis, already inventing denialism, networking transnationally and dreaming up a renewed pan-fascist future.”
—NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
“…[A] gripping history, formed as a patchwork of significant events. In Paris, the final names are added to the treaties ending the war; in New York, Billie Holiday plays Carnegie Hall; in Cairo, the Arab League convenes on the issue of Palestine; on a Scottish island, George Orwell completes “1984.”…[Åsbrink’s] careful juxtaposition of disparate events highlights an underlying interconnectedness and suggests a new way of thinking about the postwar era.”
“… she creates a sense of history unfolding in real time. Åsbrink presents scenes from around the world alongside one another, making for juxtapositions that are sometimes ironic, sometimes damning, and always tinged with sadness.”
—THE NEW REPUBLIC
Danish rights sold to People´s Press
Croatian rights sold to Naklada Ljevak
Norwegian rights sold to Cappelen-Damm.
North American rights sold to Penguin Books
Russian rights sold to AST Publishers.