ORIGINAL TITLE: Darling River
AUTHOR: Sara Stridsberg
ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Albert Bonniers förlag
Lo and her father go on nightly excursions in an old Jaguar through the burning forests of an unfamiliar European city. Lo is a dream and a mirror through which other fates emerge. Dolores Haze who journeys from Nabokov’s novel to Alaskan maternal mortality. A female ape captured in Paris’ Jardin des Plantes who is trained to draw by a scientist. An unknown mother who drives around the illuminated highways circling the cities.
Darling River is a grand and melancholy novel about children without childhoods and women without futures.
”Darling River develops into a strange prose poetic litany of the impossible relationship between an unscrupulous middle-aged man and a pudgy teenage girl, who sinks deeper and deeper into a stream of sugar, sex, alcohol and river water. She loses her mother, her childhood, her health, herself ... ... I am impressed and eagerly await what Sara Stridsberg will be able to accomplish next."
”In a distinctive, soaring and deeply unpleasant way, the text has a beauty in itself that drives the reader forward...”
”[Darling River] is magnificently beautiful and shabbily pitiful, sad as an open wound and completely obstinate: all at the same time.”