HÄRIFRÅN TILL ALLMÄNNINGEN – FROM HERE TO THE GREAT COMMONS

BY SEM-SANDBERG, STEVE

The year is 1969. A bitter war still rages in Vietnam. In space, astronauts with shiny helmets hold a whole world spellbound as they prepare to take the first steps on the Moon. These amazing world events also reach all the way to Venby, a small suburb of Stockholm, where a murderer is stalking the streets, where adults commit adulteries and where kids fight for territorial gains in a war that darkly mirrors the one fought on the television screens. In a mix of childhood reminiscences and magical realism both hilarious and intense, Steve Sem-Sandberg tells the story of a Swedish middle-class on the rise through the destinies of some of the suburban families. In the centre of this moving story stands 9-year old Leonard, an autistic boy who witnesses and understands all the tragic events unfolding around him, but is unable to speak.

Härifrån till allmänningen (From Here to the Great Commons) is the first book in a series of novels on every day life in Swedish suburbs from the late sixties to the early nineties.

ABOUT THE BOOK

First published by Albert Bonniers förlag, Sweden, 2005.
360 pages.

RIGHTS SOLD TO

Sweden, Albert Bonniers Förlag
Denmark, Gyldendal
Finland, Like

REVIEWS

The new book by Steve Sem-Sandberg makes me euphoric.
Dagens Nyheter

This is a really, really good novel
Svenska Dagbladet

From Here to the Great Commons is a wonderful mixture of magnificent entertainment and just as magnificent sorrow. It is a sort of knowledgeable, humoristic story about very human humans.
Hallands Nyheter

A magnificently told story by Steve Sem-Sandberg
Östgöra-Correspondenten

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