ORIGINAL TITLE: Övergivenheten


AUTHOR: Elisabeth Åsbrink

ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Bokförlaget Polaris

GENRE: Current Books, Fiction

Abandonment is an autobiographical novel about a family, about three women and three cities. The narrator is a writer determined to define, once and for all, the desolate shadow that has followed her throughout her life, and which she mistook for normality. In the portrayal of Rita, Sally and Katherine, she traces how secrets, lies and taboos pass from one generation to the next. It is a captivating story of love, emigration and humanity in the shadow of hatred. And, as the narrator points out: “This is fiction and therefore all that is told is true.”



"Elisabeth Åsbrink started writing The Abandonment to find out if there is ”anyone out there”, as she puts it. She has lived large parts of her life with a sense of being on a deserted island, cut off from all context, family threads ending in nothing. From this experience has now emerged a painful yet reconciling story about three women and three cities: grandmother, mother and daughter in Thessaloniki, London and Stockholm. It is a story about emigration and flight readiness, about Jewish life and Jewish self-denial, about taboos and secrets rooted in thirteenth-century Spain and the expulsion of the Sephardic Jews. This autobiographical novel is a great leap in Elisabeth Åsbrink’s craftsmanship."

Stephen Farran Lee

Rights sold


Danish Rights sold to Gutkind

Norwegian Rights sold to Aschehoug

Polish Rights sold to Wielka Litera Sp.z o,o.

Swedish Rights sold to Bokförlaget Polaris