Air Raid Shelter on Lux Street
ORIGINAL TITLE: Skyddsrummet Luxgatan
AUTHOR: Jerker Virdborg
ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Albert Bonniers förlagl
Is this really Sweden?Air Raid Shelter on Lux Street is a collection of stories about a country where nothing is familiar anymore. The known has been invaded, a worldview has been shattered and safety has become a luxury. Story after story slams against the walls we have built to protect ourselves and shockwaves and disaster slowly begin to seep in through the cracks.While directing our gaze to the burning present, Jerker Virdborg also leads us into unstable spaces, charged with existential tension and yawning depths. With Air Raid Shelter on Lux Street, he consolidates his position as one of the most original writers of his generation.
“… extremely accomplished literature: a clutch of effectively narrated chillers. Virdborg inserts the Balkan wars, Boko Haram, Syria and Baghdad into our modern Swedish reality and forces us to follow him to the edge of the abyss. /…/ The attention to detail is eerily evocative from start to finish.”
“It is that feeling, so lethal to our democracy, that Jerker Virdborg captures in 190 well-wrought pages. A dystopia that already envelopes us.”
“Jerker Virdborg is an outstanding writer. His novels are narrative masterpieces perfectly crafted for maximum impact. /…/ The book is supremely topical. It resonates with both resumed global rearmament and constant alarmist reports of security risks, terrorist attacks, Russian threats and social breakdown.”