by Andrea Lundgren
In these six short stories, Andrea Lundgren explores a liminal space where the town meets the wilderness and human consciousness meets something more animalistic.
A train stops on the track in the middle of the night and a lone woman steps out of the open doors, following a call from deep in the forest. A father is haunted by the nocturnal visits of an elusive bird, and a young girl finds escape through the occult. From foxes to whales to angels, the creatures that roam through this collection spark a desire for something more in their human counterparts: a longing for transformation.
Translated by John Litell
160pp, paperback with flaps, £12
Publication date: 18 February 2021
Press & Reviews
'Lundgren has a dark originality that is worth seeking out.' - David Mills, The Sunday Times
'Mesmeric... These are fascinating, haunting stories that stay with the reader.' - Alex Fleming, Swedish Book Review
'What makes these stories distinctive are the ways they balance the familiar and the unknown, creating tension that runs throughout the book.' - Tobias Carroll, Words Without Borders
'The blend is original: magical realism and environmental poetry spiced with elements of horror in the spirit of John Ajvide Lindqvist.' - Maria Domellöf-Wik, Göteborgs-Posten
'A magical realist universe where anything can happen and not much can be explained.' - Vi Läser
'Nordic Fauna is excellently paced and full of slow-burning stories that never rush the reader along.' - Tony's Reading List
About The Book
John Litell is a physician and translator from Swedish to English. He grew up just north of Stockholm and now lives in Minneapolis, USA, where he also serves on the board of trustees of the American Swedish Institute. He is the winner of the 2020 Peirene Stevns Translation Prize. Nordic Fauna is his debut literary translation, which he completed while working in intensive care throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.