Fyra minuter över tolv

Fyra minuter över tolv Four Minutes Past Midnight

Why do parents die? How can it even be allowed to happen? Nicolaus is still only a child and parents shouldn’t die. But on this night in July, nothing is as it should be.

Twelve-year-old Nicolaus watches over his mother’s sick bed alongside his father. It’s nighttime and all is quiet on ward thirty-four as Nicolaus is growing restless. He realizes he can’t stand to just sit around and wait for his mum to die; he needs to get away. In the elevator he sees a button that wasn’t there before. When he presses it, the elevator doors close and transport him to a very different kind of place.

It’s four minutes past midnight when he arrives to the Final station. It’s where everyone goes at some point. Or is it? Somehow, Nicolaus has stopped time two minutes before his mom will die. But what do you do if you discover that you can stop time, and even travel in time? Can you change the past – or the future?

Four Minutes Past Midnight is a unique, heartfelt, and beautiful children’s novel written in a sensitive, warm tone with a sprinkling of subtle humor.

Reviews

  • “I don’t know if I’ve ever read such a hard hitting and crystal-clear script. ”

    Editor at Bonnier Carlsen

  • “Conny Palmkvist’s new book is a fantasy about the fight against the inevitable. Very powerful and touching about life, illness, and the love of a family. ”

    Vi läser magazine, Sweden

  • “Palmkvist has written a suggestive and sad story that contains both hope and humor. It mostly revolves around Nicolaus’ thoughts and feelings during a short period of time. The visits to the past serve as an inner journey where the main character processes his grief and great fear in the face of his mother’s death. He is finally able to face the inevitable end with a completely different kind of courage. The prose has a short and rhythmic character that creates intensity. ”

    BTJ

Author
Conny Palmkvist
Published
2022
Genre
  • Children’s
Pages
116
Reading material

Swedish edition

English translation

Rights sold

Albania, Ombra GVG

Denmark, Forlaget Carlsen

Sweden, Bonnier Carlsen

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