All den luft som omger oss

All den luft som omger oss All the Air That Surrounds Us

All the Air That Surrounds Us is a haunting deep dive into an unsolved murder and the author’s own relation to the hidden killer behind the murder: loneliness and alienation. With his signature vibrating, sensitive prose Tom uncovers the story of Mikael K, a young man whose life was brutally ended in a cave one night in 1991. When Tom finds an old newspaper notice about the murder, he’s instantly pulled back in time to his childhood, and as he starts to investigate what really happened to Mikael K, Tom begins to see parallels to his own life. The case turns into an obsession. Who was Mikael K? And why did he have to die?

All the Air That Surrounds Us is a story of alienation, loneliness, transience, and the year that was 1991.


  • “Malmquist’s prose is supple and full of momentum; it’s realistic and beautiful at the same time. As an author, he is exceedingly skilled at writing captivating and credible dialogue. All the Air That Surrounds Us is an impressive novel by an author that there’s every reason to keep an eye on.”

    BTJ, Sweden

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  • Literary
Reading material

English translation

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Denmark, C&K Forlag

Estonia, Eesti Raamat

Finland, Schildts & Söderströms

France, Noir Sur Blanc

Norway, Gyldendal

Portugal, Porto

Serbia, Booka

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

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