Jessica Schiefauer received the August Prize 2015 for her novel THE EYES OF THE LAKE!
Motivation: One year. The year when Ester and Isak meet. The year when Isak’s brother, Anton, is lured into a world of hate, swastikas and violence. The year when a boy is murdered. Jessica Schiefauer’s novel explains how easy it is to be influenced, the desire to belong. But it is just as much a story about love, a love so immersive that it becomes destructive. The prose is poetic, condensed and flows like the water that becomes a spectator to the tragedy unfolding. It is a carefully polished prose – to document this horrific chain of events.
Her previous novel THE BOYS (Pojkarna) also received the August Prize (2011) and Jessica Schiefauer is now among a small exclusive group of authors (all categories) that have received the prize twice since the award was first given in 1989.
This summer Ester and Isaac fall madly in love. This summer their love will be tarnished, crumbled and resurrected. This summer a young boy is killed and Isaac’s brother was there when it happened.
Two young people in a small community. Small-town boredom runs side by side with the neo-Nazi movements this spring: a swastika in black ink on the cover of a book, Thor’s hammer around a neck, patriotic songs about the Fatherland at the late night parties.
When Esther and Isaac meet each other on a cold spring evening at one of the parties by the lake they change each other. Love brings them to life and they are hopelessly lost in each other.
Isaac has a younger brother named Anton. Anton’s loneliness is as deep as their love. Without anyone noticing it, or wanting to see it, Anton is pulled towards Ruben, a violent alcoholic and neo-Nazi. And when Anton one night sneaks in with blood on his clothes, and the media revels the details of the brutal murder, everything is changed forever.
Earlier this fall Jessica Schiefauer awarded by Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy for the best Young Adult suspense novel of the year with THE EYES OF THE LAKE
Motivation: About reckless violence that stems from a volatile search for camaraderie.
Jessica Schiefauer’s memorable novel THE BOYS (Pojkarna), a skillfully crafted tale with a supernatural twist featuring three teenage girls who get a new perspective on high-school life when they are mysteriously transformed into boys, was awarded The August Prize in 2011 and was nominated for the Nordic Council Young People’s Literature Prize when it was awarded for the first time 2013.
The movie, GIRLS LOST, had its world premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema Section of Toronto International Film Festival 2015. http://tiff.net/festivals/festival15/contemporaryworldcinema/girls-lost