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Na hennes egen helgonsagaHadar är döende i kräfta och lever för att överleva sin bror som hjärtsjuk bor nere i sluttningen De två är fångade i ett livslångt beroende och hat till varandra och kvinnans roll i detta slutskede av deras liv blir bubärarens och till sist iscensättaren Missing from the library description box above is the name of the translator who is Tom GeddesOpening paragraph After the lecture she was going to stay at a little guest house and would be moving on the next day She had her clothes in the big bag with the shoulder strap and all her personal effects in her briefcase books writing pad and pens

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Hummelhonung

Morgon gryr är landskapet kring det ensligt belägna huset insvept i snö Kvinnan stannar hos mannen i väntan på att vägen bort skall plogas Medan tiden går skriver hon på en bok om ett helgon Samtidigt lär hon allt djupare känna sin värd och hans historia Den tycks gradvis förtun Desolate and precisely told Works like a fairy tale in that nothing feels out of place Michael Haneke movie vibes Story is about a lady writer who comes to deliver a lecture in a tiny tiny town in northern Sweden and ends up living with a man who gives her lodging for the night Hadar in the last stages of cancer Nearby lives Hadar s brother also dying but of heart disease Therein lies the Lindgren everyone is suffering The recipe it seems for a Lindgren novel is 1 Two ill men 2 One nurturing woman 3 Food as salvation That was the way in Hash one of my Top Ten of All Time only here it s less darkly comic Still some funny moments though involving food and the body as food The sweetness of the title I won t give anything away here only that it s a little creepy Lindgren is simply a genius for dialogue effortlessly shifting between a summary of what the characters said and actual uoted conversation For a novella length work it still pays off big time in the end I had but one gripe the woman s new work is about St Christopher and I wanted it to tie in or at least reveal something interesting about the Saint This could be a fourth Lindgren element to show a character in the act of writing Can t wait to read Torgny for reals What a writer

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En sen oktoberkväll föreläser en medelålders författarinna om helgon i församlingshuset i ett litet västerbottniskt samhälle Bland de fåtaliga åhörarna finns en äldre man som efter föredraget bjuder henne nattkvarter i sitt hem som ligger en bilfärd ut i nattmörkretNär nästa Trav ling lady stay awhileuntil the night is overI m just a station on your wayI know I m not your loverWell I lived with a child of snowwhen I was a soldierand I fought every man for heruntil the nights grew colderShe used to wear her hair like youexcept when she was sleepingand then she d weave it on a loomof smoke and gold and breathingAnd why are you so uiet nowstanding there in the doorwayYou chose your journey long beforeyou came upon this highwayTrav ling lady stay awhileuntil the night is overI m just a station on your wayI know I m not your loverthe above has very little to do with this book but it sets a mood that i felt when i was reading this and there is a trav ling lady and some snow so it can t hurt to listen to it while you read the review it also features prominently in the movie mccabe and mrs miller which i also likesothis book is like the vivisection of a fairy tale it starts out beautiful and uiet and cold and goes into some unexpectedly dark places places i think are interesting than a lot of other popular swedish books koff whaton tuesday The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet s Nest came out in this country and the crowd went wildthe book companion to the sex and the city 2 movie also came out and we sold about a million of those too i do not understand the appeal of eitheri read girl with the dragon tattoo and it was fine but i don t understand the fucking raving infatuation it is a semi solid piece of crime fiction but why it is elevated above the genre almost universally is beyond my kenso i decided to make a new endcap of scandinavian lit that i felt was a better representation of the scope of the region s offerings and i am in no way an expert i just noticed that in the last month i have read a book from denmark one from finland and one from sweden and i have plenty in my have read backstock and it is a lovely endcap indeed indirect ra at its finestthis book is out of print or i would have included it on the display because i think it tells a beautiful story and it tells it very simply and well maybe i will finally get to the point in this review maybe notthe story is small and simple in its scope and props a trav ling female writer giving a reading to an uninterested crowd in a remote town lodges in the evening with a man dying of a cancer that is eating him away into nothingness a snowstorm strands her in his house and while she stays and stays and stays she befriends the only other inhabitant of the area the man s estranged brother who is being killed by his own corpulence his body oozing sweet liuid from pustules as he lolls around on a sofa all day eating sugar cubes both of them staying alive simply to have the satisfaction of outliving the other eventually she learns the root of their estrangement from both sides and becomes a sort of confessor spiritual figure to them in their feud and that s it but it is beautifully told i will add some uotes tomorrow the book is not at hand this very minute wait here i will returnhere is a nice oneShe had never found conversation appealing or enticing In conversation thoughts are always being forced into unpredictable feints or digressions they are twisted and distorted to please or annoy they can be villainously treacherous Solitary thought on the other hand is sovereign it stays confined within and doesn t have to make compromises Even when you re in two minds you remain whole She wanted to be left in peace with her thoughtsi figure when i get really old and am slapped in a nursing home there will be many copies of the remaining two books in larsson s trilogy along with harry potter and twilight and all the books that were overbought and then donated to the nursing home by grandchildren for whom books will be relics and if i kick off in the middle of one of em no biggiecome to my blog


10 thoughts on “Hummelhonung

  1. says:

    Trav'ling lady stay awhileuntil the night is overI'm just a station on your wayI know I'm not your loverWell I lived with a child of snowwhen I was a soldierand I fought every man for heruntil the nights grew colderShe used to wear her hair like youexcept when she was sleepingand then she'd weave it on a loomo

  2. says:

    I picked this book up randomly from a mall kiosk selling used books Definitely one of my better impulse buys I found that this book almost had a fable type aspect to it and I enjoyed that part of it very much It is about two estranged

  3. says:

    Imaginative and interesting as a concept yet I ended up feeling like it went on for far too long and it was only 160 something page

  4. says:

    This deserves 35 stars Sweetness is a good novel but ranks half a notch below other Lindgren books I've read Here Lindgren touches on the grotesue than he usually does and his fans will find it a must read However I wouldn't recommend it as someone's first Lindgren book Much better to start with Hash or the Merab's Beaut

  5. says:

    Stranger than strange Someone told me he was thinking of the Berlin Wall writing it Love his way to make Sweden a strange and exotic place I listen to his books he reads them himself in swedish and he is so so good

  6. says:

    Desolate and precisely told Works like a fairy tale in that nothing feels out of place Michael Haneke movie vibes Story is about a

  7. says:

    One of the most original things I've ever read though Hummelhonung Honey is disturbing and difficult in its own way There's a dangerous lack of human beings in the counterposition of two twin brothers in a remote corner of Sweden Like salt and sugar the two old brothers are impossibile to mix together and the only thing that keeps them alive is their reciprocal hate Each of them has a lethargic selfish and out of time life just aiming to s

  8. says:

    Missing from the library description box above is the name of the translator who is Tom GeddesOpening paragraph After the lecture she was going to stay at a little guest house and would be moving on the next day She had her clothes in the bi

  9. says:

    Lindgren writes well with evocative descriptions but about rather gruesome characters Two brothers are holding out on death to outstay each other A female lecturer is trapped by a snowstorm and during her stay hears both sides of a story which shows the bond of mutual loathing between brothers

  10. says:

    have read most of this short novel but am not moved to finish it

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