DE FÖRDRIVNA – THE DISPLACED
by Negar Naseh
A Swedish couple from the transglobal middle class, she a doctor, he an artist, has left Stockholm for a dreamy existence in Sicily. Filip has his own studio next to the big stone house, Miriam is on parental leave. The landscape is stunningly beautiful, the tomatoes are rich in taste, the privacy complete. Yet, the situation is tense. Miriam, restless and afraid of something happening to the daughter, has started to drink gin. Filip’s international breakthrough with his art has begun and he is disturbed by everything that stops him from working.
When Filip’s childhood friend Ashkan and his girlfriend Erika come to visit the couple’s customary pattern is questioned. Ashkan is a journalist and wants to visit Lampedusa to write about the people drowning in the Mediterranean on their way to Europe. In the stagnant heat the question of how isolated one can allow oneself to live is raised, and in the appearing cracks the characters begin to find different ways of approaching the world.
Negar Naseh writes as concentrated as in the praised debut During All This Winter in this psychological drama straight out of our time in Europe.
ABOUT THE BOOK
First published by Natur & Kultur, 2016
Sweden, Natur & Kultur