6 hearts: It is a great happiness to read

Sara Stridsberg has given us a number of wonderful novels, now she gives us 11 wonderful short stories. They’re about life. About encounters and separations, birth and death, love and sorrow, hatred and forgiveness, places one lives, time passes, lovers and families, surroundings and circumstances, dead whale bodies and flickering butterflies. Written in Stridsberg’s magical prose, which sucks the reader completely into the inner and outer landscapes, which are made so that they seem familiar, even when they are far from the ones you move in.

The short stories are imbued with melancholy, but also with a great love for life and people and the Earth, and a little fine humor of the kind that one finds in retrospective, life-experienced narrators. All the short stories are told in the past tense, with a strong mark of the retrospective perspective; of the distance between the narrative now and the narrated. A characteristic grip is the anticipation:

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