23 feb 2021

Striking edition of a striking novel!

Abandonment – “A powerful and enlightening narrative of love and hate” /DN – by Elisabeth Åsbrink  to be released in paperback in May. 

“Elisabeth Åsbrink is one of the rare authors who reaches such literary heights that they immediately feel too big for their market. Her new novel Abandonment emphatically possesses this quality: here we are dealing with a book that immediately joins the great literary tradition that hosts such diverse predecessors as Primo Levi and Isaac Bashevis Singer. […] I am happy to admit that I am completely enamored with this brilliant novel. Abandonment is a great novel, a work with lasting luminosity. To have read it is to feel enriched and elated.”


“..a very rich, erudite and moving book. Elisabeth Åsbrink’s strength has always been to find the particular in the whole. The little detail that makes us really perceive history as it was.”

Dagens Nyheter

“The story follows “K” as she gathers the memories of her Jewish family into a powerful and enlightening narrative of love and hate, pride and humiliation as well as homecoming and constant flight. […] There is a strong author presence in the depiction. A presence that can only be achieved by a person who has contemplated something very seriously for a very long time something, a person for whom the words uttered are a matter of life and death.”


“Abandonment is a novel that captivates and lingers. In part because when Åsbrink strikes the right note, she does it all but virtuosically, in part because there is a force in this book that seems unstoppable […] She searches for memories, for traces of her history, while the grief and anger over the buried, demolished and destroyed throbs in her. Here, the novel is permeated by frenzy, by equal parts breathtaking beauty and unyielding irreconcilability.”


“Through the veins of the author and her poetic prose flows a violent story about people who have been categorized and ranked based on blood relations. She connects her own sense of abandonment to ancestors who were expelled and hunted since before the Spanish Inquisition.”


“Abandonment is a rich novel, educational and with a strong political pathos. And despite its heavy subject matter, at times surprisingly funny. […] Abandonment does its part to combat historical ignorance. As an eager combatant, it places itself at the center of public debate as new anti-Semitic winds gather across Europe.”