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Vådan av att vara Skrake

(The Peril of Being a Skrake)


Nominated for the Finlandia Prize 2002



“This is a marvellous read you never want to end.”
—Mats Gellerfelt, Svenska Dagbladet newspaper (Sweden)

“Several passages are among the best Westö has written, in their entertaining or touching intensity, in their satirical breeziness, in their rich detail from the recent past. This novel takes on the massive task of conveying a sense of life anchored in society and history. Even with its fragmented chronology it endeavours ceaselessly and often highly successfully to live up to the guiding principles of good realism: respect for its material and motives.

“This book has plenty of all the good qualities we know from Westö’s previous prose works and more besides.”
—Pia Ingström, Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper (Finland)