The Thirteen-Month Year
ORIGINAL TITLE: Året med 13 månader
NUMBER OF PAGES: 352
AUTHOR: Åsa Linderborg
ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Bokförlaget Polaris
GENRE: Current Books, Non-fiction
The Thirteen-Month Year is a diary from autumn 2017 to autumn 2018. It was a dramatic year in Sweden, with intense public debates concerning populism, freedom of expression, #MeToo and the Swedish Academy.
During this diary year, Aftonbladet culture editor, Åsa Linderborg, occupies a controversial position of her own. A few months short of her fiftieth birthday, she is abandoned by the man she loves. Four days later, she is accused of causing asuicide. The child in the coming-of-age novel Nobody Owns Me is now an adult trying to deal with two crises, one private and one professional.
It is a soul-searching, polemical portrayal of the public arena and a woman in the middle of it. It is about taking a stand, about betrayal, doubt and feelings on media power and inevitable aging.
“Can people tell I live alone? Before, when P was out of town, I would book a table at KB all for myself. I would read and handwrite articles in the restaurant buzz, on those white tablecloths I longed for as a child. I would order a glass of wine and find an expression or idea that made me tip a lot more. I no longer do that. After work, I go home alone, to an apartment where no one but me cares how I live my life.”
"Åsa Lindberg has written a marvelous fusion of several genres: journal, personal essay, political discourse,and love story. Here, there are no boundaries between the private and the political: she singularly demonstrates how issues of class and economy intervene in a person’s life every day and never loosen their grip. She depicts the nocturnal doubt and turmoil of a prominent writer once a text is delivered and published. The Thirteen Month Year is a sincere and moving book about life, writing and aging – now as a single woman."
Stephen Farran Lee
Danish Rights sold to Gutkind
Norwegian Rights sold to Gyldendal ASA
Swedish Rights sold to Bokförlaget Polaris