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The Helios Disaster

The Helios Disaster

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LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN TRANSLATED LITERATURE

"Knausg rd is an impressive writer" --Publishers Weekly

"Knausg rd's writing is crystalline and careful" --Kirkus Reviews

"Bostr m Knausg rd's careful exploration of mental illness is restrained and entirely unsentimental. (...) Her prose is unobtrusive in its simplicity and minimalism. The result is both powerful and lyrical." --Words Without Borders

This modern spin on the myth of Athena plunges us deep inside the mind of an unlikely twelve-year-old goddess confined to a small Swedish town. Separated from her father just moments after bursting from his skull in full armor, Anna is packed off into foster care where she learns to ski, speaks in tongues, and negotiates the needs of a quirky cast of relatives. Unable to overcome her father's absence, however, she finally succumbs to depression and is institutionalized. Anna's rallying war cry rings out across the pages of this concise and piercing novel as a passionate appeal for belonging taken to its emotional extreme.



Author: Linda Bostrom Knausgaard
Publisher: World Editions
Published: 04/07/2020
Pages: 128
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.50lbs
Size: 7.90h x 5.00w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9781642860689

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2020
Publishers Weekly 02/17/2020

About the Author
LINDA BOSTRÖM KNAUSGÅRD is a Swedish author and poet, as well as a producer of documentaries for national radio. Her first novel, The Helios Disaster, was longlisted for the National Book Award for Translated Literature in the United States. Welcome to America, her second novel, was nominated for the prestigious Swedish August Prize and the Svenska Dagbladet Literary Prize in her home country, and was also longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award and the National Translation Award in the United States. October Child became a bestseller in Sweden and throughout Scandinavia, where it was published to great critical acclaim.

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