New author to the Agency – Hanna Sahlberg!

We are very glad to introduce author and journalist Hanna Sahlberg as a new talent at the Agency! In her critically acclaimed memoir The Invisible Wall: Dispatches From My Failed Attempt at Becoming Chinese she chronicles her move to southern China and captures the country with clarity and sensitivity. An extraordinary historical account that reads like a novel. 

Welcome to Hedlund Agency, Hanna! 

Praise for Stone in Silk

First reviews of Mikael Niemi’s spectacular and most recent novel Stone in Silk are here:

“… prose that gives off sparks. … Niemi knows exactly when the language should rest – and when it should do somersaults.”

“He knows the region and portrays [its inhabitants’] mentalities and mindsets utterly convincingly” 

“Niemi is a storyteller of the epic variety, which he once again demonstrates. The language alternately snuffles and crawls in mud and dung, alternately crackles and sparkles like a Mozart aria with ornaments and trills in metaphors, descriptions and digressions.”
Gefle Dagblad

“A pure delight of a novel!” 
Yukiko Duke, Vi Läser

“Mikael Niemi [writes] an almost magically epic prose that propels the action forward. Although the novel is almost 600 pages long, every page, every word has a purpose in its construction. A masterful novel. Rating: 5, Brilliant.”

Top placements for The Girl in the Eagle’s Talons in Germany and Spain

The Girl in the Eagle’s Talons is making its way around the world! Currently it holds the position No.6 on Der Spiegel‘s Bestseller list as well as No. 4 and No. 3 on the Castillian bestseller list as well as No. 4 on the Catalan one.

Pre-review of The Hundredth Woman

A fantastic pre-review of upcoming novel The Hundredth Woman was published by BTJ this week pointing out author Simon Häggström’s extensive commitment and ability to create deeply touching and educative suspense.

“This is a heinous reality that has been been transformed into affecting suspense literature. It keeps you on pins and needles.”

We can’t wait until publishing day September 28th!

The Girl in the Eagle’s Talons on The New York Times Bestseller List

WONDERFUL NEWS! The Girl in the Eagle’s Talons has just debuted as #8 on The New York Times Bestseller list. Congratulations!

Publishers Weekly on November 1942: “A gripping and propulsive account”

Publishers Weekly just published a wonderful review of Peter Englund’s November 1942 in Publishers Weekly:

“Swedish historian Englund takes a captivating firsthand look at a pivotal month of WWII by drawing on the diaries, letters, and memoirs of 39 people who lived through it […] This gripping and propulsive account, expertly translated by Graves in lyrical prose, recreates the daily uncertainty of war as experienced by regular people with limited information and few resources. It’s a monumental work of history.”

Read the full review here.

The US edition, published by Knopf, will be available 21th of November 2023.

Esteemed Piratenpriset goes to Karin Smirnoff

It was just announced that the Piratenpriset goes to Karin Smirnoff. Congratulations!
The award was given with the following motivation:

“This years winner made a breakthrough with an attention-grabbing trilogy of novels. With a language of its own and unforgettable characters [Smirnoff] has moved many readers. Despite depicting different parts of Sweden Smirnoff has a lot in common Fritiof Nilsson Piraten: not least the dark humor and an eye for the most vulnerable in our society.”

– It feels honoring and great fun, says Karin Smirnoff.

Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT 

Danish media coverage on Havsörnens skrik

Havsörnens skrik had a successful launch in Denmark with several reviews as well as media coverage:

“Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander are successfully back in their working clothes” 
Jyllands Posten

I devoured it. Smirnoff is herself in Stieg Larsson’s shoes” 

“The story is full of surprises and it is impossible to let go of the book once you’ve taken the book train to Lapland” 

International praise for Peter Englund

Since Peter Englund’s November 1942 – An Intimate History of the Turning Point of WW2 has been published in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Finland and Norway it has gotten a fantastic reception with praising reviews!

“In his snapshot of November 1942, the Swedish historian [Peter Englund] puts individual human beings, their suffering and their actions, at the center of a battle he understand to be a fight between barbarism and civilization, and he does so in a manner so gripping and at the same time distressing that the reader is entirely captivated. (…) Englund’s triumph reminds us also that in spite of all strategic decision-making, the individual human being always is at the center and that history is fundamentally open-ended.”
Neue Zürcher Zeitung

“An extraordinary and unsettling work. (…) ‘Moving’ is a weak word – again and again, this book is very tough on you. Englund unfolds the existential dramas in stylistically elevated prose, closely following the testimonies of his protagonists and of the literature about them.”
Deutschlandfunk Kultur

“Brilliant… Englund’s art consists in his not only letting well-known figures speak — the likes of Albert Camus, Ernst Jünger, and Sophie School — but also ordinary soldiers, ‘normal’ citizens and outsiders.”
Nürnberger Nachrichten

“Englund’s portraits help us experience the existential dimension of war.”
Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung

“A fragmented and compelling narration with the most different sets restores a human dimension to war, enriches it with feelings, makes the horror really atrocious.” 
—Corrado Augias, Venerdì di Repubblica

“Peter Englund succeeds in transforming the narrative of the war into literature.” 
—Lorenzo Cremonesi, Corriere della Sera

“Almost every page in this book becomes a movie in the head of the reader.” 
—Giorgio Gandola, Panorama

“An incredible tapestry woven by the many witnesses whose voices Englund uses. You can see how a colossal mosaic was made of millions of blood and bone pieces. And suddenly in that mosaic a different world began to take shape and succeeded in stopping the advance of dictatorships”
—Matto Sacchi, il Giornale

“A mosaic of the Apocalypse or of what is closest to the apocalypse human beings have ever experienced.”
—Matto Sacchi, il Giornale

[November 1942] provides a global panorama that is based on individual experiences described in diaries, letters and memoirs. Women’s experiences are commendably included. –The worm’s-eye view is powerful, because the reader is already familiar with the big picture of the war.”
Helsingin Sanomat

“There were several turning points in the fight against Nazism, which in the summer of 1941 seemed invincible. And then against Japan, whose advance thundered across the East. But November 1942 stands out in this context [of decisive turning points]. At the time, not many could gain an overall impression of what was happening around the world. Eighty years later, the author Peter Englund paints a comprehensive picture of the situation – and he does it excellently, captivatingly, cruelly, and poetically.”
—Historie Online

“With incredible diligence and care, Peter Englund has collected the lives and testimonies of 39 people … One of Peter Englund’s strengths as a historian has always been his ability to immerse himself in events, visually and emotionally, to see the details that others historians do not see … [The book] is well written, one learns a lot, and becomes curious for more.”
Berlingske Tidende

“The turning point of the Second World War [is] masterfully portrayed through the experiences of 39 [individuals] who were there when it happened. … It is impossible to read November without having disturbing associations to what is happening in Ukraine.”
Stavanger Aftenblad

November is a relentless depiction of the horrors of war, right down to the microscopic level. And although it may sound paradoxical, Peter Englund writes so smoothly and elegantly that it occasionally becomes almost lyrical. Assuredly translated into Norwegian by Alexander Leborg.
Verdens Gang

“Peter Englund writes brilliantly about 39 destinies in November 1942. … Peter Englund is not quite like other historians. Instead of documenting what happened, he is concerned with how those involved experienced it. In November, across 360 short chapters, he follows 39 people in various places around the world in November 1942 – that is, at the moment when the war was about to pivot in the Allies’ favor. Each of the 39 people is introduced with a portrait at the start of the book. Along with some utterly luminous and unique photographs from the period in question, the images contribute significantly to increasing the sense of

intimacy and reality in the narrative. … Peter Englund writes about 39 individuals and skillfully makes me care about each one of them. It is a considerable literary achievement. November is a masterfully executed, multilayered narrative.”

“… with small, precise, sensitive keys, Englund unlocks vast spaces of meaning … brilliant history writing, but also an intensely topical reality check.”

“The unwillingness to superimpose a traditional narrative structure onto the Second World War means that the historian Englund comes across as almost anti-historic. November is experimental history writing. In an intricate and richly illustrated arrangement we gain insight into 39 individual destinies across four weeks in November 1942. … The technique is not entirely dissimilar to that of Nobel laureate Svetlana Aleksievich, even if her work is based on interviews. Just like the contemporary sources that Englund uses, the reader gets the feeling of being trapped in a universe in which there are two givens: the war and the moment. The lives we follow are wrapped in the fabric of spacetime which the war constitutes, and which Englund recreates. Coinciding dates in the source material help to create a sense of immediacy. … Englund’s exceptionally vivid book … impresses in its scope, and at the same time draws the reader so close to the lives of the sources that you can just disregard the next film about the Second World War, and rather immerse yourself in November once more.” —Vårt land

“…with November, the author shows that he is among Scandinavia’s leading non-fiction writers. … From the first page, Englund makes clear that he is serious about literary non- fiction. My God, this man can write. Even the long footnotes are riveting, and Alexander Leborg has done an excellent job with the Norwegian translation. November is a handbook in how to get the most out of your sources.”

“It almost shouldn’t be possible to cover so many fields, each with such a vast supply of historical evidence, but November never feels burdensome or overloaded – on the contrary, it is strikingly accessible and alive, and the reason for that lies of course in the way Englund approaches and uses his sources.”

“[The River] is, to say the least, magnificent.”

Last week Wahlström & Widstrand published the Swedish Edition of The River and its getting acknowledged in several reviews:

“With intimate knowledge, Rosa Liksom portrays the void that the final year of the [second] world war left in northern Finland. It is heartbreaking.”

The River is a novel that allows us to understand our own time, and with whose help we may be able to approach the innermost essence of life. It is, to say the least, magnificent.”
Upsala Nya Tidning

“Necessary reading. … Rosa Liksom has always written brutal, confident and utterly unsentimental prose, but here, when depicting people and animals during a chaotic escape, there is also room for both love and compassion.”
Kulturnytt, Sveriges Radio

“Read together, The Colonel’s Wife and The River illustrate how wondrously strong the human essence is – the longing,the dreams and the anxiety – even in a war zone.”

The River is a powerful and painful – but also reassuring – story, about escape and survival. Topics that unfortunately posses a continued timeliness even today. In addition, Liksom sheds new light on important historical events that otherwise risk sliding into the darkness of oblivion”
Norra Skåne

“The Finnish writer Rosa Liksom has an impeccable ability to merge sacred and profane, nature and culture, in her books.… Rosa Liksom has written a novel of equal significance to Swedish and Finnish historiography.”