POOL

By Per Hagman

It’s a story about Johan, a young Swedish man in his 20s, who for some reason has settled down in Nice. It’s a place for retired millionaires and movie stars who have passed their expiration date. He moves in with the old actress Celeste, who lives with her husband in a luxurious villa outside of town. Parallelly Johan is reminiscing his first big love in the Swedish small town where he grew up.

Per Hagman gives a tender portrayal of an eccentric set of characters who are all fighting their inner demons and the Big Blue. Hagman brings up themes such as desire, love and submission. A Bonjour Tristesse of the 90s, written in an effortlessly flawless style.

In 2020 Pool was adapted into a movie starring the award-winning actress Natacha Guyon.

ABOUT THE BOOK

First published by Bonnier, Sweden 1993

227 pages

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In Pool Hagman appears more and more like the Oscar Wilde of the Swedish system change. The novel highlights the young narrator’s insouciance, the love for vanity and frivolity.
Carl-Michael Edenborg, Fokus

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