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All the Air That Surrounds Us
Tom Malmquist (b. 1978) is the author of In Every Moment We Are Still Alive, the bestselling novel that took the literary world by storm, and redefined what it means to write about love, longing and loss. A highly acclaimed poet, Malmquist had already been published twice before his first work of prose reached the reading audience and critics. Hailed as a “furiously beautiful” masterpiece by the press, In Every Moment We Are Still Alive became the recipient of several of Sweden’s most prestigious literary awards. All the Air That Surrounds Us is Malmquist’s second full-length work to date, and one of 2019’s most anticipated novels in Sweden.
|The Stina and Erik Lundberg Foundation Grant||2018|
|Dagens Nyheter Culture Prize Sweden – I varje ögonblick är vi fortfarande vid liv||2016|
|Shortlisted for the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize The Nordic Countries – I varje ögonblick är vi fortfarande vid liv||2016|
|The Karin Boye Literary Prize Sweden – I varje ögonblick är vi fortfarande vid liv||2015|
|The Albert Bonnier Scholarship Fund for Swedish writers Sweden – I varje ögonblick är vi fortfarande vid liv||2015|
Week 13’s (March 25-31st) Swedish bestseller lists see new and old names lining up at the top. New on the lists is Tom Malmquist, who claims the No. 1 spot on the audio one with All the Air That Surrounds Us. Stefan Ahnhem’s Motive X stays at No. 1 on the paperback list, and is joined by Stina Jackson who features at No. 5 with The Silver Road. Jackson’s debut also comes in at No. 4 on both the audio and e-book lists.
Tom Malmquist’s All the Air That Surrounds Us is a haunting deep dive into an unsolved murder and the author’s own relation to the hidden killer behind the murder: loneliness and alienation. With his signature vibrating, sensitive prose Tom uncovers the story of Mikael K, a young man whose life was brutally ended in a cave one night in 1991. When Tom finds an old newspaper notice about the murder, he’s instantly pulled back in time to his childhood, and as he starts to investigate what really happened to Mikael K, Tom begins to see parallels to his own life. The case turns into an obsession. Who was Mikael K? And why did he have to die?
All the Air That Surrounds Us is a story of alienation, loneliness, transience, and the year that was 1991.
Tom Malmquist’s In Every Moment We Are Still Alive has been chosen as an official Action Book Club title in the US.
The Action Book Club is a program by the Little Free Library, a nonprofit organization that aims to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. In a twist on the traditional book club, the Action Book Club invites participants to read books on a particular theme, engage in discussions, and take part in group projects to benefit their communities.
The Action Book Club offers book recommendations for all ages, announcing a new theme twice a year. In Every Moment We Are Still Alive will be part of the reading list for the upcoming theme “moving forward,” which celebrates growth, resilience, and well-being.
Click “Read more” below to read a New York Times article about the program.
The prominent American newspaper calls Malmquist’s In Every Moment We Are Still Alive, “[A] searing autobiographical novel depict[ing] a father struggling to cope with the tragic loss of his partner just as their daughter is born.”
Nesbø’s Macbeth receives the accolade: “The Norwegian crime writer emphasizes the noir aspects of Shakespeare’s tragedy by turning it into a fast-paced thriller about murder and corruption in 1970s Glasgow. The result has a sharp social edge as well as a timely political resonance.”
Tom Malmquist’s heart-rending In Every Moment We are Still Alive has been chosen by Amazon as a Best Books of the Month title in the category Literature and Fiction. In Every Moment We are Still Alive was published in the US at the end of January.
The New York Times Book Review has chosen Tom Malmquist’s In Every Moment We Are Still Alive as one of their 12 New Books We Recommend This Week. Lauding In Every Moment We Are Still Alive as “harrowing” and a “searing autobiographical novel,” the list quotes The New York Times’ Katie Kitamura’s rave review of the novel:
“This is narrative as raw material [...] A novel about permeability, ‘In Every Moment We Are Still Alive’ captures the jumbled sensory experience of being profoundly, catastrophically overwhelmed. … It’s clear that Malmquist is explicitly interested in what can’t be contained, what continues to trouble.”
To read the original article and list, click “Read more” below.
Tom Malmquist’s In Every Moment We Are Still Alive has been chosen by Financial Times as one of the Best Books of 2017 in the translated fiction category. The UK-based international daily newspaper writes the following about the novel:
“Urgent, heartbreaking and life-affirming, this autobiographical novel about grief and parenting probes the boundaries between life and writing.”
Tom Malmquist’s haunting and powerful In Every Moment We Are Still Alive has been voted a Loan Stars January 2018 Top Ten title by library staff all across Canada. The Loan Stars Top Ten list is a curated list of the titles that will be published that month, carefully selected by library staff who wish to share their top picks with readers.
Tom Malmquist’s award-winning and acclaimed In Every Moment We Are Still Alive has been chosen by El País, the most circulated newspaper in Spain, as one of this past decade’s nine best novels about life and death. In Every Moment We Are Still Alive was published in Spain last week.
Tom Malmquist’s In Every Moment We Are Still Alive has been chosen as an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce title in the US. Indies Introduce is a program created to promote debut authors at independent bookstores in America. Each season a panel of booksellers reads debut works submitted to them by publishers, and choose ten titles for the special honor of being included on their list of recommended titles. In Every Moment We Are Still Alive has been chosen for the Winter / Spring 2018 list. Below are two blurbs by panel members.
“Malmquist’s writing style is unlike any I’ve recently experienced. He captures the ordinariness of daily life and of systems—medical, government—and the mundane choices we must make as citizens of these worlds. His ear for dialogue, be it in sterile hospital quarters or with family and friends, makes you feel present and privileged to be part of the conversation.”
-Janine De Boisblanc, Orinda Books (Orinda, CA)
“Tom’s girlfriend, Karin, is his soulmate. They are in love and about to start a family, but the birth of their daughter, Livia, reveals a terrible truth: Karin has leukemia. As Tom is left to mourn her death and raise their daughter on his own, he wavers between rage and depression and struggles with the challenges of his new life. This remarkable, partially biographical debut novel will make your heart ache with empathy, then send your spirit soaring with hope. It’s sad, funny, devastating, and encouraging, all in one package. Readers who appreciate real, accessible characters and those who may be struggling with questions thrown at them by life’s unexpected turmoil will love the chance to embrace this novel. Book clubs are urged to not overlook a chance for serious discussion on the topic of untimely death, responsibility fulfilled, and hope for the future.”
-Linda Bond, Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane, WA)
Tom Malmquist (b. 1978) is the author of In Every Moment We Are Still Alive, the bestselling novel that took the literary world by storm, and redefined what it means to write about love, longing and loss. A highly acclaimed poet, Malmquist had already been published twice before his first work of prose reached the reading audience and critics. Hailed as a “furiously beautiful” masterpiece by the press, In Every Moment We Are Still Alive became the recipient of several of Sweden’s most prestigious literary awards.