The Antarctica of Love
by Sara Stridsberg
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Pub Date 30 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 11 Oct 2021
Quercus Books, MacLehose Press
They say you die three times.
The first time for me was when my heart stopped beating beneath his hands by the lake.
The second was when what was left of me was lowered into the ground in front of Ivan and Raksha at Bromma Church.
The third will be the last time my name is spoken on earth.
After a childhood of neglect, Inni is a rebellious teenager, a volatile young woman, a drug addict, a sex worker, an unreliable mother . . . She lives her life on the margins, but it is a life that is full, complex, full of different shades of dark and light, until it is brutally ended one summer's day on a lake shore at the heart of a distant, rain-washed forest.
On the surface, this is the story of Inni's death - but really it is about her life before, and the lives that carry on afterwards. It's about her children, her parents, her childhood, adolescence and the chain of choices, tragedies and accidents that lead her to life on the streets and take her into the wrong crowd, the wrong places, and finally the wrong car with the wrong person.
Sara Stridsberg's new novel is about absolute vulnerability, brutality and isolation. The Antarctica of Love is a heartrending existential drama in which the characteristic blend of Stridsberg's great literary weight and her readability creates an original mix of terror and beauty, longing and black despair. A devastating story of unexpected love, tenderness and light in the total darkness.
Translated from Swedish by Deborah Bragan-Turner
A Note From the Publisher
Content warning: this novel contains descriptions of murder and sexual violence that some readers may find distressing.
'A disturbingly beautiful book. Stridsberg writes perhaps the most taut and most beautiful prose in Sweden right now' - Expressen
'The book has a linguistic abundance that fires up the reader with energy and the conviction that this novel can be one of the best of the year' - Adresseavisen
'A shattering read from one of Scandinavia's truly modern storytellers, in prose that appears both more sophisticated and more accessible than previous works' - Klassekampen