Ulf Lundell (b. 1949) is arguably one of Sweden’s most influential cultural figures. Composer, songwriter, musician, artist and poet, Ulf Lundell is also a widely read novelist. His debut novel Jack landed like a bomb in the dull literary landscape of the 70s, became an immediate bestseller, and has continued to inspire generations of readers since, giving Scandinavia a Kerouac of its own in the process. Though his themes have changed and grown in complexity over the years, Lundell’s writing retains the freshness that once earned him cult status: free-spirited and bursting with emotion, associative and immediate, his novels speak of what it is to be human.
Anders Roslund’s thrilling Three Hours continues to feature heavily in the top of the official Swedish bestseller lists, and on May’s hardcover list it comes in at No. 2. Niklas Natt och Dag makes a double appearance with his 1793, which is No. 4 on both the paperback and e-book lists. Ulf Lundell’s just published Weekdays claims the No. 5 spot on the e-book list.
Ulf Lundell’s new novel Weekdays has gone straight to No. 1 on the bestseller list of Adlibris, one of the biggest online book retailers in Sweden.
Weekdays. Yesterdays. Laters. Presents. Life. Living. Ageing. Death. Life and death and life again. The memories. The road. The ageing. The halting. The body and soul. House and home. Work. The wine. The wind. The car-driving. The walking. The country. The sickness. The here and not there. The moments lived and the moments still left. The cranes. The love. The company. The loneliness. The emptiness. Weekdays. Those that were. Those that are. Those to come. She, who was there. All that was and isn’t anymore.
Weekdays is a collection of excerpts from Ulf Lundell’s personal diary. Music, family life, writing, nature, politics, health, and society: he observes it all in the present, and looks back at even more in the past.