I varje ögonblick är vi fortfarande vid liv

I varje ögonblick är vi fortfarande vid liv In Every Moment We Are Still Alive

Tom’s heavily pregnant girlfriend Karin is rushed to hospital with severe flu. While the doctors are able to save the baby, they are helpless in the face of what turns out to be acute Leukemia, and in a moment as fleeting as it is cruel Tom gains a daughter but loses his soul-mate. In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is the story of a year that changes everything, as Tom must reconcile the fury of bereavement with the overwhelming responsibility of raising his daughter, Livia, alone.

By turns tragic and redemptive, meditative and breathless, achingly poignant and darkly funny, this heavily autobiographical novel has been described as “hypnotic,” “impossible to resist” and “one of the most powerful books about grief ever written.”

Reviews

  • “The acute closeness between form and content is no doubt the key to the novel’s success /…/ An utterly gripping story, and at the same time a true literary experience.”

    Le Temps, France

  • “[Tom Malmquist] has found the perfect balance between honesty and unpretentiousness for the telling of his story.”

    Elle, France

  • “A truly powerful novel, deep and impressive, impossible to forget.”

    ActuaLitté, France

  • “An unpretentious and shy piece of writing, one that puts words to both joyous and sad memories of one’s departed beloved.”

    Psychologies Magazine, France

  • “A book of love and death, both radiant and impressive.”

    Le Courrier Suisse, Switzerland

  • “A gripping novel on the themes of loss, sorrow and love / ... / Tom Malmquist’s novel can very well bring to mind Karl Ove Knausgård in its use of concrete details. Writing autofiction requires, contrary to what many might think, tremendous stylistic abilities. Malmquist has found the perfect form for his brutal subject, and his uniquely flowing use of dialogue, embedded in the continuous portrayal of events, creates a great sense of being present.”

    Politiken, Denmark

  • “Out of the grief grew [In Every Moment We Are Still Alive] a novel that threatens to demolish its reader. /.../ The disclosure and self-exposure may recall Karl Ove Knausgård’s My Struggle and On Summer, but with Malmquist there are no floating essay-like passages where everything is viewed from above, no thoughts about art, only the reality that keeps his feet weighed down to the ground and thins his being. /.../ Literature doesn’t get any harsher. Or better.”

    ★★★★★

    Berlingske, Denmark

  • “Not until 89 pages of Swedish Tom Malmquist’s debut novel, In Every Moment We Are Still Alive /…/ - not until 89 pages in can I stop to draw breath.”

    Weekendavisen, Denmark

  • “An overwhelming, heartbreaking work.”

    Information, Denmark

  • “A triumph.”

    ★★★★★★

    Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

  • “Tom Malmquist has written a novel that will put the reader through the emotional wringer. Everything quivers. Everything is charged. It’s like holding a book full of explosives without a fuse.”

    ★★★★★

    Verdens Gang, Norway

  • “The dramatic turn of events becomes tangible and real in a way that awakens the reader’s empathy. It is literature, yes, but also something that’s happening in an actual hospital. Malmquist manages to recreate the mental chaos that prevails in extreme emergency situations.”

    Aftenposten, Norway

  • “Tom Malmquist writes hyper realistically and heartbreakingly unsentimentally about when disaster strikes in everyday life. In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is one of the most powerful novels of the year /.../ An outstanding reading experience not only about grief, but just as much about the power and fragility of life.”

    Vårt Land, Norway

  • “People around me who picked up this book haven’t been able to put it down. Nor will you be able to. Tom Malmquist has written one of the most hypnotically terrifying love stories I have ever read. Heartbreakingly relentless. /.../ This is a book written not only in the grip of strong emotions, but with brutal skill. The first hundred pages of hospital inferno read like a single exhalation. There is no then, no later, just now.”

    Sydsvenskan, Sweden

  • “Impossible to resist /.../ There is so much humanity in this book. Equally hilarious and everyday realistic as it is imbued with meaning. As dirty as it is beautiful.”

    Expressen, Sweden

  • “To read [In Every Moment We Are Still Alive] is to chase after Tom through the hospital corridors /…/ Even as the immediate story about death slows, moves back and forth through time and starts to build a complete puzzle of Tom and Karin’s life together, the book still stays fiercely in the present. /…/ Slowly you see how Tom and Karin’s love grew into being, and that this is a story about so much more than shock and sorrow, that it above all is a book about life. It is also one of the most unsentimental things I have read.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “I read it in a single inhalation. Turn the pages and dare not breathe out before I put the book down.”

    Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

  • “This novel floored me, I read it in one sitting with a pounding heart, I was practically hypnotized. Malmquist has an iron grip on the reader and doesn’t let go until the last page, and hardly even then; this story will stay with you for a long time to come.”

    SVT Go’kväll, Sweden

  • “One of this year’s most powerful books.”

    Amelia, Sweden

  • “It is not only admiration, but also wonder, I feel about Malmquist's way to face the grief with linguistic energy, never lapsing into an already frayed image of death, love and longing – instead writing through, both death and love – but in its own way. The process of writing is a deeply personal struggle, a life struggle.”

    Kulturnytt, Sweden

  • In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is a painful novel in many ways. It captures death’s definite power and contrasts it with life’s fragile beauty.”

    Corren, Sweden

  • “A story so full and uncompromising it will take your breath away. /…/ In Every Moment We Are Still Alive transforms into such a furiously beautiful song of sorrow, a prayer that despite knowing the unreasonable price of love, turns to that which is alive, closes its eyes, and opens its arms.”

    Norrköpings Tidningar, Sweden

  • In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is among the most wounded but poetic works to have been written about bottomless sorrow.”

    Fokus, Sweden

  • In Every Moment We Are Still Alive is a moving book about grief, anger, confusion and love.”

    Trouw, Netherlands

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Author
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Published
2015
Genre
  • Literary
Pages
317
Reading material

English edition

French edition

Swedish edition

Rights sold

China, Sunshine Media

Denmark, C&K Forlag

Finland, Schildts & Söderströms

France, Notabilia

Germany, Klett-Cotta

Netherlands, Ambo Anthos

Norway, Gyldendal

Poland, Czarna Owca

Spain, Turner Libros

Sweden, Natur & Kultur

UK, Sceptre (World English)

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