A Little Death around the Eyes

ORIGINAL TITLE: Lite död runt ögonen


AUTHOR: David Ärlemalm


GENRE: Current Books

A haunting page-turner from the dark side of a city, a love story of two parents, one living, one dead, and their child. When Sofia dies from an overdose Arto leaves his life as an addict behind in order to make a life for himself and his daughter Bodil. For some time, each step he takes is in the right direction – the direction of a normal life. But no road is straight nor easy, and even less so after being given a second chance. 

He gets fired after being falsely accused of selling drugs at the school where he works, and he is forced to earn his living in ways he knows from his past. As autumn turns into winter, Arto falls deeper and deeper into a web of lies, crime and violence, struggling to save himself and his daughter. David Ärlemalm’s debut novel A Little Death around the Eyes is a brutal and tender account of a life we hardly ever get to read about.


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Rights sold

Norwegian Rights sold to Aschehoug

Swedish rights sold to Ester Bonnier/ Forum



”One of the best Swedish manuscripts I have come across during my 15 years in the industry”

John Häggblom, Forum

  ”A fantastic debut novel. Ärlemalm has mastered the art of writing a breathtaking page-turner that touches your very core. It’s realistic, affective and incredibly well-written.”

Stina Jackson, author

"An exceptionally good novel about a mans’ fight against society and against his own demons. With a scarce, precise and sensitive language the author portrays a father-daughter relationship I will never forget. It is thrilling, credible and gripping from the very first page." 

Vidar Strøm Fallrø, Aschehoug