Sometimes a book shakes you to the core and fundamentally changes your mindset. The Eyes of the Lake is one of those books.
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.
The Eyes of the Lake (När hundarna kommer) is a beautiful and captivating novel of reckless love, hate and death and it is an urgent read.
The novel was released last week and went straight to the top of the bestseller charts.
It is a novel that can be read by anyone. Anyone who has ever been madly in love, anyone who has ever thought about evil, about power, about the things that influence us to take action. Is it love, is it fear, or is it the need for acceptance? Jessica Schiefauer provides no answers. But she places her linguistic spotlight on the matters in a way that makes it difficult to stop reading.
Maria Friedner, Jönköpings-Posten
Rarely have I read a novel that offers such depths and at the same time shows coherence. Jessica Schiefauer also lets the light in with a prose, a text that is at once moderate and matter-of-fact but also lucid and constantly in glimmering motion /…/ Jessica Schiefauer’s story and prose are so intimate that it is almost impossible to detach one event from another, one impression from the other /…/ It is painful, it is beautiful, it is urgent. A magnificent read.
Pia Huss, Dagens Nyheter
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 play opened at Uppsala City Theatre and toured with the National Theatre and the movie, GIRLS LOST, will have its world premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema Section of Toronto International Film Festival 2015.