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God's Mercy (European Women Writers)by Kerstin Ekman
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From one of the most original French writers of our day comes a mysterious, prismatic, and at times profoundly sad reflection on humanity in its darker moments—one of which may very well be our own. In a collection of fictions that blur distinctions between dreaming and waking reality, Lutz Bassmann sets off a series of echoes—the “entrevoutes” that conduct us from one world to another in a journey as viscerally powerful as it is intellectually heady.
While humanity seems to be fading around them, the members of a shadowy organization are doing their inadequate best to assist those experiencing their last moments. From a soldier-monk exorcising what seem to be spirits (but are they?) from an abandoned house, to a spy executing a mission whose meaning eludes him, to characters exploring cells, wandering through ruins, confronting political dissent and persecution, encountering—perhaps—the spirits once exorcised, these stories conduct us through a world at once ambiguous and sharply observed. This remarkable work, in Jordan Stumps superb translation, offers readers a thrilling entry into Bassmanns numinous world.
"In the first of Swedish novelist Ekman's trilogy, a young urban midwife moves to the remote Svartattnet, where she struggles to understand the culture of the Sami Lapp reindeer herders. Narrator Risten introduces readers to her adoptive mother, Hillevi Klarin, who grew up with Hillevi's aunt and uncle. Though the aunt considers Hillevi's passion for midwifery to be a career beneath her, Hillevi leaves Uppsala in 1916 and moves to the northern wilderness. One night, Hillevi is summoned to the isolated village of Lubben to deliver a baby she suspects is the result of abuse. When she arrives, she realizes she is in over her head. When Elis, a boy from Lubben, follows Hillevi back to her home, he sets in motion an unexpected chain of events that will haunt her for years. Hillevi also struggles to fit into the tight-knit Lapp community and begins to understand the difficulties of being an outsider. Ekman (A City of Light) describes everything with an unflinching eye, from tuberculosis to the particulars of sex and birth, and the harsh beauty of the Swedish landscape. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
When Hillevi, a young, inexperienced midwife, moves from the university town of Uppsala to the wilderness of Svartvattnet (Blackwater) to be with her unofficial fiancé, she is ill prepared for what awaits her. In this frigid, austere, and isolated territory, she encounters the overwhelming and unpredictable forces of nature and demoralizing poverty and ignorance while also gaining access to the unfamiliar world of nomadic Sami reindeer herders. A single traumatic event, never fully confronted, has devastating and far-reaching repercussions, but Hillevi also finds unexpected warmth and love.
Incorporating elements of the jojk oral tradition of Sami culture, Gods Mercy is a thoroughly engrossing story about the capriciousness of memory, the resilience of the human psyche, and the endless wonder of the wild.
About the Author
Kerstin Ekman, the author of seventeen widely translated books, lives in rural Sweden. Gods Mercy is the first novel in the “Wolfskin” trilogy, which includes The Last String and Scratchcards. Linda Schenck lives in Göteborg, Sweden, working as a translator and conference interpreter. Her many translations from Swedish include four other novels by Ekman.
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