My Brother and His Brother Paperback – 1 Mar 2011
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"It is original, and the tone is 'telling'. I find the novel very intimate, wildly skillful and touching. And somehow very Nordic. Hakan Lindquist is a true writer."--Ned Rorem"
"'My Brother and His Brother' is one of the most compelling love stories to be published in a long time."--Grady Harp
this novel immediately establishes its creator as one of the luminaries of contemporary gay literature. A short novel with only six main characters, its richness teases the reader s mind long after closing its covers. The book is definitely a keeper. --Lambda Literary" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Hakan Lindquist was born in Oskarshamn, a small harbor town on the southeast coast of Sweden; it is the setting for his debut novel, the critically acclaimed "My Brother and His Brother". The Book received a literary award - Prix Litteraire de la Bordelaise de Lunetterie - in 2002, when it was first published in France. Lindquist has written five novels, several short stories and one opera libretto. His novels and short stories have been translated and published in several European countries. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Jonas pursues his investigation with rather like a young Sherlock Holmes, and he soon discovers that his brother had an intense love affair with another boy about a year older prior to his accident; but what he really needs to learn now is whether his brother's death was an accident of intentional, especially in the light of further shocking discoveries. With help, surreptitiously from his parents, more openly from his mother's childhood friend Daniel, and with the aid of Paul's diary and old photographs, Jonas is able to put together all the pieces.
The image created of Paul is of an intense, thoughtful and caring boy with a great interest in nature; and Jonas is very much like his brother, both in nature and, although physically no more alike than just brothers, he is yet very much the image of his older brother.
This is a delightful story, Jonas is totally unphased by the discovery that his older brother was gay, accepting it without question. In his first person narrative Jonas often writes as if he is addressing Paul directly, and increasingly through the account Paul becomes more alive, and the distance between the two boys narrows, at time it is almost as if they are one. Jonas is a very perceptive young man with a very reasoning mind, for a few chapters he creates a moving and frank third person account of the activities and the beautiful relationship Paul and his lover shared.Read more ›
His main discovery is that at the age of fifteen Paul began a love affair with a sixteen year old Czech boy from another school who - improbably - turned up in his art class one day to pose as a nude model (what an introduction!). The progress of their brief but intense love affair is beautifully told through letters and diaries and Jonas's own writings. But a double tragedy destroys the boys' affair before it was allowed to develop into something deeper. To get at the truth of this, of what happened to the two doomed boys, Jonas has to dig deep, not only into the reluctant testimonies of his mother and of Daniel but into himself. A surprise encounter at the end of the story brings some measure of consolation.
Through a simple, intense, spare style the author (this is his own English translation) keeps the narrative focus firmly on Paul and his boyfriend, which he makes credible, touching and romantic, as all first loves should be. What is interesting, however - and for me this was something of a weakness - is how little we learn of Jonas who is telling the story and who is the hero of the present: after all, this book is his emotional journey too.Read more ›
Overall, an interesting story let down greatly by the international publishing process. I'd happily read and recommend a retranslated version done by a professional and sympathetic translator of literature, but I can't recommend this book in its current version.
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This is a touching and intimate story but the translation is slightly clunky in places, although because it was done by the author himself none of his intentions have been lost.Published 18 months ago by Alice
This book, so far, has been a delight. Some slight errors in print, but completely understandable. The book itself arrived on time and was in excellent condition, very pleased :)Published on 24 April 2013 by Katy
This book follows a young boy who explores the past if his deceased brother. Having never known his brother, our narrator is able to piece together the feelings that his brother... Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2013 by Neil Warmington
as an ardent reader of novels with a gay based theme i can honestly say that this story RATES AT OR NEAR THE TOP OF MY ALL TIME FAVOURITES. Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2012 by M. Wyatt
I had this book and the Hollinghurst novel The Stranger's Child given to me as Christmas gifts.I wont harp on as many reviewers do I will say that the book lacks any depth, we... Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2012 by tu nombre es