Peirene No. 34

Nordic Fauna

Andrea Lundgren


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  • Description

    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.

    Written by Andrea Lundgren

    Translated by John Litell

    Metamorphoses series
    160pp, paperback with flaps, £12
    ISBN 978-1-908670-63-2
    eISBN 978-1-908670-64-9

  • Author

    Andrea Lundgren was born in 1986 and grew up in the far north of Sweden. Her debut novel, I tunga vintrars mage, was published in 2010 and was followed in 2014 by GlupahungernNordisk Fauna, her first short-story collection, was published in 2018. It was awarded the 2018 Tidningen Vi’s Literature Prize and was nominated for the 2018 Svenska Dagbladet’s Literature Award and the 2019 Norrland Literature Prize.

  • Translator

    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.

  • Press

    “Lundgren has a dark originality that is worth seeking out.” David Mills, The Sunday Times

    “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 

    “A magical realist universe where anything can happen and not much can be explained. ” Vi Läser

    “Mesmeric… These are fascinating, haunting stories that stay with the reader.” Alex Fleming, Swedish Book Review

    “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