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Date of Publication: 2000
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Sweetness Paperback – 31 Mar 2000

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  • Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Press (31 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860466567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860466564
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,183,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Sweetness is utterly unique." (Isobel Montgomery Guardian) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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'No doubt about it, Lindgren has joined the ranks of the greatest writers.' Michel Crepu, La Croix

The woman had come from the city in the south to lecture in a small village amid the snowbound forests of northern Sweden. She was a writer. After the lecture in the village hall an old man who had been sleeping at the back introduced himself, as she was to be his guest for the night. So it was that she moved in with Hadar, a man who lived on his own and was in the last stages of cancer. Not another house in sight, save for one just a field away; there lived Hadar's brother Olof, also on his own, and dying of heart disease. Neither brother would consent to die, the woman discovered, for that would give the other the satisfaction of outliving him.

Cut off by a snow blizzard, the woman settles into Hadar's attic, leaving only to pick her way across to Olof's, and in the days that follow she acts as both nurse and confessor to each of them. She learns of the woman they shared and the son of disputed paternity, uncovering the tissue of lies and self-deceptions that keeps the ailing brothers alive in a bond of mutual loathing. Ultimately to her roles of nurse and confessor she adds a third: the hand of Providence ...

The author of The Way of a Serpent is one of Sweden's outstanding practitioners of black humour. In Sweetness he has achieved a work of brilliant comic invention that won the August Award.

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Format: Paperback
A woman writer comes to a small village in Northern Sweden, to give a talk on her rather obscure book. Her host for the night, a man called Hadar, turns out to live alone in a remote house which becomes snowed-in by next morning. She seems unpeturbed by this delay, as she has some writing to do. The only place she can venture to in the coming days is the one visible house across a snowy field, which belongs to Hadar's estranged brother Olof, who also lives alone. The brothers are both in extreme circumstances health-wise, and appear to be keeping themselves alive by a bond of competitive mutual loathing. Gradually the woman writer becomes acquainted with what happened in the past, though it is not easy to decipher the truth, or to seperate the machinations of love and hate.

There is an allegorical quality to this intriguing story, told in spare prose. The blurb talks of 'a work of brilliant comic invention,' but I would describe it as a strange black humour, which is unusual and compelling. I was glad to have come accross this book.
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weird story, but compelling. Couldn't put it down all weekend, and read it as I cooked dinner, cleaned the fridge... it has a black humour all of it's own too. will stay on my mind for a while.
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I love Nordic Noir but this was just grim
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program) 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck 23 Aug. 2013
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It doesn't even deserve one star. It's a gross book and I wish I could get the images out of my mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Men carry wounds a long, hurtful time 28 May 2009
By Daniel J. McGill - Published on
Format: Paperback
In this short, sparse novel set in the north of Sweden, two dying brothers who no longer speak to each other but still live next door to each other, end up revealing the torments of their souls to a woman writer who gets caught in a snow storm at one of the brother's houses and ends up caring for both of them as they approach death. Each brother is very conscious of how the other brother has wronged him in the past and yet both seem quite blind to how their suppressed anger, working its way out in their behavior, ended up slaying the ones they loved most. Very well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story about solitude and sence of our life 26 Sept. 2001
By bohdan volejnicek - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is story from cool forests in Sweden, where live two brothers, Olof and Hadar. They are dying. Their one sence of rest their life is outlive longer than another brother. There is strange woman, writer of biblic figures. She lives in Hadar's cottage and discovers history of their rivalty. This book is full of scandinavian mysterious feel like movies by I.Bergman and abnormal destinies. Torgny LIndgren is contemporery member of Nobel Prize commitee. Sorry for my english, i'm beginer.
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