“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.” Amelia

“In Sven Olov Karlssons third book, tragedy and the art of storytelling form an inseparable unit.” Expressen


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.

Novel, 246,
originally published by Natur&Kultur (Sweden) 2013

Rights available for: Worldwide

The Author

Selling past 20 000 copies of his first novel The Italian (2003), Karlsson was awarded several scholarships and has kept readers anticipating The American House (2008), ever since. Critics were struck by Karlsson’s strong voice, well-balanced black humor and the prosy beauty of his writing.
Born in the Swedish province, Sven Olov Karlsson currently lives in Stockholm with his family.