Exile follows Maria Eriksson’s flight from Sweden to Santiago to the US, and her relentless struggle to keep her children safe as her ex-fiancé continues to search for them. The Swedish state cannot or will not help. Finally, Maria’s only option is to apply for asylum in the United States of America.
Exile is a suspenseful and intriguing novel. Maria Eriksson’s life is fascinating, and her story is a manifesto of human potential. Written 10 years after Underground, Exile shows that Liza Marklund has become an accomplished crime writer. She brings her style and pace and above all suspense into the narrative. Underground was a shocking testimony of the inability of the Swedish authorities to protect a young woman and her family, while Exile has all the makings of an international thriller. Exile has sold more than 600.000 copies so far in Sweden alone.
“The first impulse is to devour the novel. The 471 pages are easy to read all at once.”
“Exile is a complex novel really worth reading.”
“I admire Liza Marklund. She has done it again: published one of those unglamorous books that ‘only’ deal with endangered women, children, refugees and the Swedish authorities’ inability to protect them.”
“The most clever literary device in Liza Marklund’s novels featuring Maria is the double exposure of the abused woman and the refugee fate.”
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