AUTHOR: Johanne Lykke Holm

ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Albert Bonniers förlag

GENRE: Fiction

Along with eight other young women, Rafa arrives at the little alpine resort of Strega to work at the majestic Hotel Olympic. The austere staff teaches them to serve and iron, cook and clean, but the hotel remains deserted. In moments of leisure, they gaze out across the landscape, the hazy mountains, the nunnery. The monotonous work and their isolation ties them close together. It all culminates in a feast, that finally does fill the hotel with people – but after which one of the girls go missing.
“I knew a woman’s life could at any point be turned into a crime scene.”
Johanne Lykke Holm’s novel is filled with atmospheric yet razor sharp descriptions that continues to surprise the reader. It is an enchanting read.


“The text is a treasure to explore. No one can fail to see its beauty. [...] [Strega is] a shield of 179 pages. And behind it? A slow-acting poison. A spell, a rite of passage, a black diamond.”

“’I knew that a woman’s life can be turned into a crime scene at any moment,’ explains the protagonist early on in the book, giving the reader an indication of the violence to come. A terrible event, then – but not only. For the female world that Lykke Holm depicts is also remarkable and enchanting, even quite literally. [...] when the maids’ hair spill over the sheets ‘like spilled ink’ I stand defeated, by great beauty and grief.” 
Dagens Nyheter
“In short: a beautiful, increasingly suspenseful brew with great semantic variety and European erudition. [...] But read. Surrender. And adapt it to film!”
“Lykke Holm has written a cinematic novel of destruction that inhabits the borderland between TheVirgin SuicidesThe Grand Budapest HotelSuspiria and Melancholia.
The story is filled with romanticist, esoteric moods that are so sharply portrayed that each and every sentence shines like a jewel in a textual night rich with symbolism.”
“It is so delightful to read Johanne Lykke Holm, so elegant, so stylish.” 
Borås Tidning

“I must surrender, going back to read certain passages aloud to myself.” 

 Swedish Public Radio

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Danish Rights sold to Gads Forlag

Hungarian Rights sold to Polar Egyesület

UK Rights sold to Lolli Editions