Omslagsbild: Händelsehorisonten

Date of release: 2018-03-08
Pages: 250
Sold to: Spain, Ediciones Temas de Hoy
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Händelsehorisonten /Event Horizon

Milde is a young woman from the Outskirts, a place beyond the mountains, a place where mothers and daughters make their living banished from society. Here they live without rights and under difficult circumstances. Milde refuses to accept the order of things and she is only seventeen when she, together with some friends, throw Molotov cocktails at the urban planning office in the city. It is believed that she is the instigator behind the riot.

She is arrested, imprisoned, tortured and eventually presented with a final choice: to face execution in the city or to be sent into space, into a black hole, into the Mass, as part of a research project. Milde chooses space – and eternity.

Event Horizon is a deeply existential and poignant – but also political – novel about oppression, exile, solidarity, trauma and loss. With a completely unique voice Balsam Karam writes about a hopelessness that never resigns, about a young woman’s firm belief in a better world and her refusal to be repressed.



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… an ethereal novel that recalls Ray Bradbury’s short story collection “The Martian Chronicles”.
Even if Karam’s place is fictive, and so full of symbols that it sometimes resembles a fairy-tale, the story about these unwanted people’s fervent survival proves more true than many other things. “Event Horizon” is a dreamlike, existential novel that does not allow the bourgeois hegemony to dictate the language for reality.
The novel asks me if I truly know what and who exist on the fringes of our society at this exact moment, and where “home” is if you don’t have the right documents. It is definitely a political story, but in the best fictive way: by making it easy to feel empathy towards history, by allowing the reader to ask the questions.
Borås Tidning
Balsam Karam’s debut ”Event Horizon” is an earth-shattering read. Through her poetic and alluringly beautiful prose she highlights sisterhood and motherhood, but also deportation, oppression, depravity, revolt, insurgency and torture. The novel has a powerful moral and political tone, indignant and rebellious.


Balsam Karam's "Event Horizon" Shortlisted for the Catapult Prize

We are happy and proud to announce that Balsam Karam's stunning debut novel Event Horizon has been shortlisted for Sweden's oldest debutant prize, the Catapult Prize, together with four other contestants. The winner will be announced on the 16th of March during literary festival Littf...

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Balsam Karam, b. 1983, is of Kurdish ancestry and has lived in Sweden since she was a child. She is an author and librarian and made her literary debut in 2018 with the critically acclaimed Event Horizon, which attracted a lot of attention and was later shortlisted for the Katapult Prize.

The Singularity is her second novel.

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