- 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: 2,078,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sweetness Paperback – 31 Mar 2000
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"Sweetness is utterly unique." (Isobel Montgomery Guardian) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
'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.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.