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Detaljerna The Details

A celebrity who wrote a letter, a friend that disappeared beyond the map and a love without a future are awakened from the past, as a woman lies bedridden from a high fever.

The Details is a novel built around four portraits unveiling the fragments of a life, seemingly built around the details. Can a loved one really disappear? And who is the subject of the portrait, the person being painted or the one holding the brush?

“We live so many lives inside our lives, smaller lives with people coming and going, friends disappearing, children growing up, and I never understand which of my lives is the frame itself.”

Reviews

  • The Details is a novel one will be wanting to return to, over and over. It’s short, but accommodates a river of precise observations. It’s furious, yet written with excellent finesse. /…/ We’re still only in January, but if I were to make an attempt to predict what Ia Genberg will mean for the literary year of 2022, I will put my money on The Details becoming the book everyone wishes they themselves had written. ”

    Västerbotten-Kuriren, Sweden

  • “[Ia Genberg] suddenly came along with the ability to blend pessimism and humour with a superbly tuned in language that was bouncy and playful. /…/ Ia Genberg has an unusual ear for the noise of society, or in this case, how it sounded more than twenty years ago. And her style is funny, clever and shrewd. Penetrating and rather raw. But she also accomplishes a sense of gravity. /…/ Through Ia Genberg’s distinctive eye for the details that serves to unveil emotion, a novel emerges that beats and throbs.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “It’d be a challenge to find an author that’s more imaginative, unique and stylistically edgy. /…/ How sure of aim and delicately does Genberg capture the dynamic in these relationships! At times the stories are tragicomical, but overall this novel is more serious than her previous works. That is not a loss, it simply makes Ia Genberg’s astounding talent for depicting people emerge the clearer. ”

    Vi Läser, Sweden

  • “[Ia Genberg’s] way of crafting new literature about time, a shrouding of the past if you will, is a dream for literary critics. /…/ [The Details] is something different one simply has to encounter. For its integrity, beauty, wildness. Such an author is Ia Genberg. /…/ Not to say that Ia Genberg hasn’t already been praised – but that simply isn’t enough!”

    SVT Kulturnyheterna, Sweden

  • The Details by Ia Genberg is a masterpiece. /… / It is so beautifully constructed that it takes my breath away.”

    Sveriges Radio, P1, Sweden

  • “Every portrait becomes a lyrical encyclopedia encompassing the human life. Everyday events are depicted in all its complexity with existential, even political dimensions. The novel invites the reader to the kind of recognition that’s an eyeopener about one’s own everyday and the depths that that entails. /…/ When the final page has been turned, I feel profound sadness over having to leave the vivid world of this text. But I’m left without a choice. In the same way that the fever has an end point, every relationship is finite, be it with regards to a place, another human being or yourself for that matter. Everything else is simply details.”

    Aftonbladet, Sweden

  • “Ia Genberg has the ability to truly linger in those moments that with the illumination of time passed, transpire in its full meaning. And sometimes in its full absurdity/…/ To describe that which has been lost is a recurring theme with [Genberg], but she has never accomplished it in such an intelligent and consistent manner as she does here. I very much enjoy this novel and hope it will result in the big break that Ia Genberg so much deserves.”

    Expressen, Sweden

  • “If a novel is released this year that beats this, 2022 will go down in history as a historically great Swedish literary year.”

    Dagens Industri, Sweden

  • “If you want to brag about having read the August Prize winner, it may be a good idea to put your teeth into Ia Genberg’s The Details right now.”

    Café, Sweden

  • “Ia Genberg likens feverish reading to a kind of lottery. The content of the text can either go lost or penetrate deeply into the inadvertent loopholes that are laid bare when the body temperature is racing, she writes. In my case the latter happens.”

    Smålandsposten, Sweden

  • “And it is clearly a remarkable virtuoso narrative, in which the author not only excels in her ability to load the details with meaning but also places them with the greatest possible effect. The novel is short, only 150 pages, and I read it unusually slowly. There is a lot to draw attention to here and I linger with pleasure in formulations tight as a glittery dress on a millennium party /… / These are stories that are absolutely brilliant.”

    Sydsvenskan, Sweden

  • “Ia Genberg writes straight forward and carefully, picking out and examining instants that at the moment may have seemed  like another small shard of life among all the rest, but which afterwards appear as a crucial detail /… /  Ia Genberg’s touch is completely superb after all.”

    ETC, Sweden

Author
Ia Genberg
Published
2022
Genre
  • Literary
Pages
151
Reading material

English translation

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Albania, Shkupi

Arab World, Dar Al Muna

Bulgaria, Orange Books

Canada, HarperVia

Catalonia, Empúries

China, Thinkingdom (Simplified Chinese)

Croatia, Hena com

Czech Republic, Zlin

Denmark, Gads Forlag

Estonia, Rahva Raamat

Finland, Johnny Kniga

France, Le Bruit du Monde

Germany, Rowohlt

Hungary, Libri/Jelenkor

Iceland, Benedikt

Italy, Iperborea

Korea, Munhakdongne

Netherlands, De Bezige Bij

Norway, Oktober

Poland, Pauza

Portugal, Dom Quixote

Serbia, Heliks

Spain, Gatopardo Ediciones

Sweden, Weyler

Turkey, Ithaki

UK, Wildfire

US, HarperVia

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