Helena von Zweigbergk does it so well. With astonishing accuracy, she successfully uses retorts and scenes to capture what happens in a long-term relationship when one part suddenly becomes detached. The insecurity that awakens in the other. The fear. /… / Helena von Zweigbergk is a true genius when it comes to portraying the trivial, but also the beautiful, in a family’s relationships.
In several novels Helena von Zweigbergk has proved her ability to portray relationships. In “Totalskada” she is better than ever. She has a unique eye and voice that registers and illustrates the unspoken between humans: expectations, disappointments, martyrdom and not least sulkiness.
“Total Loss” is an elegy over a home, a house in an affluent suburb, but also over everything therein: furniture, electronics, photo albums, clothes, bed linen, children’s drawings. Memories and dreams, infatuation, squabble and dull reality. What remains when all material things are gone? And when the predominant emotions consist of confusion and shame? /… / What Helena von Zweigbergk pinpoints is the marathon race that equals a long marriage – with eons of time, lots of bad vibes, but also a million things to preserve and remember and cherish. In other words, she describes an integral part of many people’s everyday lives and she does it gracefully yet accurately, profoundly yet respectfully.
Little by little, "The Boundary" expands into a panorama of the era, a chronicle from the age of powerlessness and escalating callousness. It is done so effortlessly, without formalities or excesses, and that is why it becomes so poignant.