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A Happy Little Island (Paperback)

Lars Sund

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ISBN 10: 1908251654 / ISBN 13: 9781908251657
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Title: A Happy Little Island (Paperback)

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An elaborate tale told with style and intelligence. Sund's writing is the perfect stage for an encounter between common humanity and the insularity and fear of change that affect all cultures. In the beginning, the scribe sat in front a blank page, a world forming inside his head. The world spilled onto the page and the scribe shaped the world into an island. He named it Fagero, populated it with an assortment of likely and plausibly unlikely characters, and saw that it was good for his purposes. Then the dead bodies began to arrive. The island was changing, and the small-town quirkiness becoming less restrained, forcing Fagero's inhabitants to confront the unhappy truth that, even on their remote island, the world's horrors and injustices could not be ignored. Translated from Swedish by Peter Graves.

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Born in 1953, Lars Sund is a Finnish writer from the Swedish-speaking coastal town of Jakobstad, and his eight novels have all been written in Swedish. His last five novels have been translated into Finnish, and A Happy Little Island (En lycklig liten o, 2007) is his first book to be translated into English. Claes Olsson made a film called Colorado Avenue, based on Sund's books Colorado Avenue and Lanthandlerskans son. Colorado Avenue won two prestigious prizes for Finnish literary fiction: the Runeberg in 1992 and the Kiitos kirjasta-mitali (Thanks-for-the-Book Award) in 1993. Lanthandlerskans son took the Lars Widding Award in 1998, while Sund was nominated for the Finlandia Prize in 1997. Lars Sund, who studied English, Swedish and comparative literature at the Abo Akademi, the only exclusively Swedish-language university in Finland, now resides in Uppsala, Sweden.

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