Posted by: flexiblegoat | December 2, 2009

The Destitutes of Lodz by Steve Sem-Sandberg

It was announced in October that Faber had bought UK rights to this Swedish Holocaust novel and FSG the US rights. There’s no UK release date yet and its not on Amazon or anywhere else as far as I can tell, but judging from its reception in the Swedish press it’s going to be huge. I interviewed Sem-Sandberg’s agent for my post-graduate dissertation when the UK rights were still up for grabs. Apparently it has had the best critiques of any Swedish novel for the last 30 years. It has won the Swedish August Prize and been nominated for the Nordic Council’s literature award. Maybe worth a tenner on it winning the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (can you bet on that?). The agency’s page on the book, with a synopsis and review extracts, can be found here.

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