Nominated by:

Deichmanske Bibliotek, Oslo, Norway

Publisher of nominated edition:

World Editions, The Netherlands

The Helios Disaster

Linda Boström Knausgård      

Translated from the original Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles

2017 Longlist

The Helios Disaster, a modern myth, is a unique, wonderfully written story about the relationship between men and gods, fathers and daughters, heaven and earth. A twelve year-old girl, born out of her father’s head like the goddess Athena, ends up in a foster home, starts to speak in tongues and is finally committed to a psychiatric institution. All this time, she dreams of seeing her father again. When they finally find each other, they run away together. Who are the girl and her father?

(from publisher)

About the Author

Linda Boström Knausgård, a Swedish author and a poet, made her critical breakthrough in 2011 with the short-story collection Grand Mal. The Helios Disaster, her first novel, was awarded the Mare Kandre Award.

Librarian’s Comments

This novel is an intense exploration of the troubled existence of a young woman, written in a poetic, original language. Haunting.

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