Journalist Bremmer debuts with a tantalizing biography of Sweden’s first investigative reporter, Ester Blenda Nordström […]. Richly textured and vividly told, this is an intriguing portrait of a pioneering woman and her era.
– Publishers Weekly (US)
… the strongest biography I have read in a long time, not only because I also fell for Ester Blenda’s highly dangerous charm on an early stage, but rather because Bremmer handles a delicate material in the best way… a book for which she will be, if there’s any justice in the literary world, highly rewarded for.
… a generous portrait about the author, the person and the bewildering time she lived in […] Rich, funny and instructive. And with the best title of the year.
…a brilliant example of how to write a literary portrait. A page-turner, but solidly founded in the research material. Fatima Bremmer has not only gotten to know Ester Blenda Nordström, but also her closest friends, and makes their understatements and overstatements nuanced, putting question marks where there’s incertitude.
A Damn Sunshine (Ett jävla solsken) is such a wonderful straightforward portrayal… Fatima Bremmer’s biography is a page turner, very much so since Blenda Nordström’s life is like a fantastic melodrama.
It’s a bewildering fate that takes shape in Fatima Bremmer’s initiated and captivating description … Fatima Bremmer’s book brings Ester Blenda Nordström to life again, which is a cultural achievement to be grateful for.
… a cultural achievement of big proportions.
Fatima Bremmer has made a great work worthy of prizes against the forgetfulness with her thought-provoking biography worth reading about this colorful and courageous journalist. The nomination couldn’t be more well-deserved.
I’m reading Bremmer’s book at a stretch. Not only is it well-written, but also manages to bring Ester Blenda to life, as a professional, the skilled journalist and author, the adventurer and as a person …
It’s a fantastic story that describes Ester Blenda as a person and her deeds. But the biography is also an interesting portrayal of that period of time, the first half of the 20th century, a historiography from a partly new perspective, not only the big events but also a reminder of the social and political moves that took place that time.
– Nerikes Allehanda
– Norrländska Socialdemokraten
It’s a biography with action, entertaining – and impressive. A fate of a person who breaks free, delightful to read about. Fatima Bremmer has dived deep into the Nordström family’s left letters and papers. The result? A solid portrayal of a fate that – incomprehensible indeed – has been far too forgotten.
– Borås Tidning
Fatima Bremmer’s prose has a great literary quality and despite all the sorrows and complications it’s a pleasure to accompany Ester Blenda on her path through life. When you are done reading Ett jävla solsken you have gotten to know both Ester Blenda and her time. A necessary lesson in modern Swedish women’s history and a human fate that touches and fascinates.
Fatima Bremmer treats Ester with the respect she deserves, and bring us with her on the trip from Svenska Dagbladet to the farm, from the sunshine to the darkness – and the long relation with Carin, in a time where homosexuality still was considered to be a disease … Fatima Bremmer cements Ester Blenda Nordström’s place in the history of Sweden.
– Damernas värld
Fatima Bremmer’s thorough and excellent biography worth reading is full of compassion and wise human knowledge.
– Tidningen Kulturen
With help from previously unknown collections of letters and journals one of the most fascinating Swedish women is portrayed.
– Nättidningen Svensk historia
Bremmer has done an impressive work with her funny and moving story about this adventurous woman. She has managed to make her main character so alive that the reader seems to know Ester Nordström personally after reading. A completely brilliant biography about a female pioneer who really deserves to be remembered!
A thrilling, well-written and skillfully composed book about an in every way touching fate. Almost impossible to put down, but once you have to it finds its evident placing in the bookshelf next to Ester Blenda’s own books.
– Litterära händelser