Djävulsgreppet The Devil’s Grip

“At what time does everything derail? A few weeks later, she will try to map the course of events, try to understand at what moment the compass loses its northern position.”

A woman arrives in Florence where everything seems strange and overwhelming to her. The tile roofs, the church towers, all the loving couples. The man she has met. She thinks that she herself comes from a very barren area, has a lot to learn, and that he may be the one who thaws the solid-frozen soil within her. This is the story of the two, of their bodies and minds. About her grip on him, and his increasingly tight grip on her. The devil’s grip.


  • “[The Devil’s Grip] is so ingenious, so funny, so unpredictable. Like a contemporary equivalent to Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice [it] is so dense and atmospheric in the way it interweaves the place with the feeling, and the human with her conditions. ‘Contemporary’ by the way – what an unnecessary definition! Lina Wolff writes for the future. For this it will be grateful to her.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “Anyone who has read Lina Wolff will recognize the attention to the overlapping spheres of flesh, passion and violence. Florence, this sunken and despite its beauty, rather repulsive place, reflects the boundaries which the story establishes between lust and the self’s need for vindication. It is strikingly well done, with a sharpness that here feels more distilled than in her previous novels. Wolff digs deeper into a world that is familiar to her, but she does so with greater clarity.”

    Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “Rarely does Wolff need more than a sentence or two to make the universe feel real, true, vibrant. It’s life, it’s prose art.”

    Helsingborgs Dagblad, Sweden

  • The Devil’s Grip is a shocking, insightful portrayal of the outback of the human consciousness.


    BTJ, Sweden

  • “[Lina Wolff’s] stories are psychologically sensitive and enigmatic. But even more, they are also bizarre, baroque and burlesque. And violent. Strong.”

    Västerbottens-Kuriren, Sweden

Lina Wolff
  • Literary
Reading material

Swedish edition

English translation

Rights sold

Sweden, Albert Bonniers

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