Vädermannen

Vädermannen The Weather Man

In The Weather Man, Ulf Lundell returns to Sweden and to Österlen – the flat, beautiful landscape of the Swedish south. Lundell’s portrait of the area, which is as exposed to the fury of the elements as man is to his uncertain future, is numbing in its beauty and tenderness. We meet the artist Georg, a recluse who now, as he approaches 60, tries to embrace the present and accept things as they are. But acceptance is complicated, and ageing is all but easy. As his daughter and a long-lost friend unexpectedly turn up at the house and disturb his carefully arranged solitude, Georg is confronted with the notion that being human means having relationships – both good and bad. A thoughtful meditation on ageing, The Weather Man is a beautifully serene novel from a mature, reflective Ulf Lundell.

Reviews

  • The Weather Man is a great novel. It’s easy to forget that Lundell -- behind the media myths and the scandalous stories -- is an incredibly strong author.”

    Sydsvenskan, Sweden

  • “The novel is difficult to read, and at times so overtly brutal in its portrayal of all the bitter anxiety that you feel physical discomfort. At the same time, it is difficult to put the book down. Ulf Lundell has the ability to captivate his reader and move the story forward -- you quite simply want to know how the heck things are going to turn out of for all of these bruised and peculiar individuals; can a story like this have a happy ending?”

    Ystads Allehanda, Sweden

  • “Lundell’s novel moulds itself into an unexpected meditation on nature. I enjoy reading the long, mesmerizing sentences, which have Lundell’s inimitable timing and sense of rhythm. His observations of nature are so precise and ceaselessly entertaining that they provide the same kind of peaceful repose as a piece by Bach.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • The Weather Man is thus a very Lundellian novel, uneven and refractory. But when it is good – well, it is quite simply brilliant.”

    Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “"The Weather Man is Ulf Lundell’s best and most important novel to date.
    "There is a lot to talk about, and even more for the reader to discover, in this 390 page novel. The sex scenes are sweaty, the prose is fresh and vital throughout the novel, and the Lundellian sense of humor that you remember from [his earlier cult novels] *The Sleep *and The Kiss have been given space to blossom.”

    Kristianstadsbladet, Sweden

  • “The author is at the height of his disciplined powers. In a prose that is high-flying, urging, rhythmically, heavily exuberant and efficient, he blasts his wedges into the reader’s ego.”

    Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

  • “Middle-aged man and iconic rock musician who keeps a journal. Could have been a cliché. But skillfully managed influences from Hemingway (a bit of Islands in the Stream), Bukowski, Fitzgerald, i.e. his household gods; and Söderberg, along with the journal format and the weather, gives us a Lundell teeming with vitality and vigor. And his eye for our time: as usual, a gaze all his own. Heading home in sun and slackened wind.”

    Gefle Dagblad, Sweden

  • “There is a vitality to Ulf Lundell’s prose which few authors can boast. His depictions of nature are masterful; the same thing is true for his dialogues. /…/ Lundell is our now-living greatest artist of the Swedish language.”

    Corren, Sweden

  • “However, it is love and death, the eternal siblings who cast their spells equally throughout life, and where the former time and time again defeats the latter, which makes his novels and makes them an utter necessity.”

    *9 out of 10*

    Sonic, Sweden

  • “Thanks to Lundell’s utter confidence as a writer, these parts combine into a complex and, in fact, very suspenseful mix. However what truly blows life into the book and makes it take off, is the writing. The long, winding sentences that dance across the pages are sandwiched by short statements, which creates an entirely unique, not to say singular, rhythm and musicality. In his best moment, Lundell writes pure poetry. Each of us certainly has his own ear and his own particular taste, but if you ask me, this is great literature.”

    Värmlands Folkblad, Sweden

  • “The inimitable Lundellian style, slightly swaying and with an infinite prescence in all of that which the senses can convey, turns the reader into a co-creator.”

    Barometern, Sweden

  • The Weather Man is a story of anxiety and a kind of late-in-life spleen; of loneliness, love, and alienation, told with a sincerity that never fails to interest. /…/ The sorrow over all that has been lost is portrayed with compelling rawness. /…/ I suppose this is why we still like Lundell; because he is still enough of a rebel to dodge that which is politically correct.”

    Upsala Nya Tidning, Sweden

  • “The novel gives…a dizzyingly beautiful, poetical image of the quickly ending Swedish summer.”

    Blekinge Läns Tidning, Sweden

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Author
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Published
2008
Genre
  • Literary
Pages
390
Reading material

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Finland, Johnny Kniga

Sweden, Wahlström & Widstrand

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