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Therese Bohman and Andrzej Tichý shortlisted for the August Prize 2016

Nordin Agency congratulates Andrzej Tichý and Therese Bohman, both of which have been nominated for the August Prize 2016. Their novels Wretchedness (Eländet) and Eventide (Aftonland) represent the best in Swedish contemporary fiction.

Eventide is Therese Bohman’s third novel. Through serene prose, Bohman tells the story of an art professor who is looking for freedom, but only seems to find loneliness. An ideological novel where our protagonist is trying to find a way to be her own individual without adjusting to anyone else’s ideals.

The jury’s motivation for Eventide:
“The night is closing in over Stockholm and it’s late at Frescati. Karolina is a newly separated art professor supervising a student with a sensational approach to a female symbolist. She uses sex, wine and decadent art to move between the contemporaries whose company she is unhappy with. Her class trip has reinforced her loneliness and the sweetness of revenge is all that remains. Therese Bohman has written a perceptive novel of ideas, it’s delicate and seemingly digestible.”

Through Wretchedness, Andrzej Tichý tells a visceral and urgent story about a young cellist forced to confront suppressed memories of his upbringing in the suburbs of Malmö. His experimental prose and beautiful character depiction enhance the political undertone of this brilliant novel.

The jury’s motivation for Wretchedness:
“One morning a young cellist meets himself – or someone he could have been – in the form of a beggar. From a repressed past rises a flow of voices, which testifies to vulnerability, abuse and violence. What should survivors do with their history? Can you be in solidarity with the friends you left behind? Andrzej Tichý depicts a miserable reality in a hard-hitting form. His polyphonic novel has a hard, rhythmic language and an inexorable fury.”

Congratulations to both of these extremely talented authors!

The August Prize is named after the famous Swedish author August Strindberg, and is one of the most celebrated and prestigious literary prizes in Sweden.

Founded by the Swedish Publishers’ Association in 1989, the intention was to institute an annual award for the best Swedish books of the year in order to increase public interest in Swedish contemporary literature. The August Prize is awarded in three categories: Best Swedish Fiction Book of the Year, Best Swedish Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and Best Swedish Children’s Book of the Year.

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The Hermit reviewed in NY Times

Thomas Rydahl’s THE HERMIT named as one of The Latest and Best in Crime Fiction by the New York Times this week, describing Rydahl’s debut book as “A delightfully innovative whodunnit…dark good humour, imagination and originality.”

The Hermit was also announced Book of the Month for November by The Times in UK.

Read the full New York Times review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/books/review/the-latest-and-best-in-crime-fiction.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

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Gard Sveen and THE LAST PILGRIM shortlisted for best translated crime 2016!

Nordin Agency is incredibly pleased to be congratulating Gard Sveen on a well-deserved nomination for the Swedish Crime Academy’s Award for best translated crime fiction in 2016. His novel The Last Pilgrim won the Glass Key Award for best Scandinavian crime fiction in 2014 and has been published to great acclaim in 12 territories already, in Sweden with Lind & Co.

The Last Pilgrim is Gard Sveen’s debut novel. The first book in a compelling series starring the complex character of inspector Tommy Bergmann, whose unwavering sense of duty drives him to find solutions to the most difficult of cases.

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THE HERMIT named book of the month in The Times (UK)

9781780748894_3_1_1-680National newspaper The Times in the UK has selected The Hermit (Eremitten) by Thomas Rydahl as their book of the month for November.

They said that The Hermit is a “delightfully innovative whodunnit…dark good humour, imagination and originality”. You can see the rest of the article here (subscription required).

The Hermit was the winner of the Glass Key Award 2015 and was originally published by Bindslev in Denmark. It was published in the UK by Oneworld in October 2016.

 

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Steve Sem-Sandberg’s THE CHOSEN ONES wins the Prix Médicis Étranger 2016!

Amazing news today!
Steve Sem-Sandberg and his powerful novel The Chosen Ones is the winner of this years Prix Médicis Étranger for best translated fiction in France.
Published by Editions Robert Laffont under the tile Les Elus, the novel is written in Steve Sem-Sandberg’s recognizable style allowing for a myriad of voices and combining the best of historical realism with the surrealism of everyday atrocities. His work rests on extremely rigorous research and is animated by the authors poetic narrative and the attention he pays to the depths of his characters.
 
Congratulations to Steve, who joins the illustrious ranks of other Médicis Prize winners such as Orhan Pamuk, Doris Lessing, Philip Roth, Umberto Ecco and many more.
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