When Sagas mother met Alvar for the first time it actually was not love at first sight. Maybe the hormones and the missing alternatives brought them together, but when Albertina immediatly got pregnant, Alvar was enough of an honourable man to marry her – as expected of the people of his village in the Swedish countryside in the 1930s. Dreams had to be abandoned and money had to be earned: Happiness was not something Saga experienced in her childhood. But when Knud Silver moved next door, she seized the opportunity to start a new life at his side, and the 35 year old Knud who was still full of dreams seemed to be the right guy to keep her away from her fatal nightmares. But even if Saga tries to avoid sleep, her nightmares get even worse. It is Margona, the eldest of their three children, who tries to bear the family’s fate, and only when she leaves Eriksfors for good she gets the chance to live a life chosen after her own taste …
The honoured author of Swedish countryside-life has once again written a fascinating family story, mixing parts of Swedish literature, folkhem-mind and magical realism.
originally published by Natur och Kultur (Sweden) 2013
In Sven Olov Karlsson’s third book, tragedy and the art of storytelling form an inseparable unit.
A dash of Lars Norén, a dose of Moa Martinson and a bit of Selma Lagerlöf: Porslinsfasaderna is, quite simply, Swedish storytelling at its best.