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Date of release: 2020-01-03
Pages: 239
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Magic Love Pixie

Her mouth comes first. Mum’s naked mouth. Nadja turns her face up to her and waits. Mum’s face is so soft and her lips are always ready for kisses.

Nadja grows up surrounded by her mother’s unconditional love in a world inhabited by spirits and beasts. It is a world that offers little space for the male species - men that appear as almost mythical creatures to Nadja.
When her mother dies, Nadja wishes to recreate the same kind of unconditional love. Together with her best friend Angelica she explores drugs and peculiar underground clubs. During one of these nights she encounters a man who calls himself the Demon. Nadja’s fantasies are put into motion and she recklessly throws herself into a complex relationship.

Following two poetry collections, Sofia Stenström returns with her first novel – an investigation of how far intimacy and love can reach. Magic Love Pixie is both provocative and fearless, but also a story about grief. It is a novel full of spiritism, pulp literature, deepthroating and throatsinging.


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Stenström writes with acumen and precision, deftly swinging between magic floating and drab, realistic renderings from Nadja’s world.
The parts where the Demon is obliviously chatting with her from the other side of the table are utterly brilliant on both a stylistic, dramaturgic and psychological level Because it is in this virtual room that Nadja manages to overturn the power structures. And this, without even having to expose her new authority. What she does instead, is to let it develop, create new mythological structures within the structures, not least when it comes to the sex scenes, which are brilliantly depicted, with both extremely sharp wit and visually powerful scenes.
Poet Sofia Stenström brings out her first novel, which is a portrayal of sex and soul-searching and the mix-up between protection and oppression, pleasure and self-harm. A meaty and sensuous account of being a girl and a yearning human being, written in a prose that adds scent and texture to the words /… / The story of the vulnerable girl and the dirty old man is an age-old narrative, but Nadja comes across as something more than a cautionary tale in Sofia Stenström’s vibrant yet fierce prose /… / Sofia Stenström conveys powerful connections between grief and sex, between the love for a mother and the longing for passion, which makes “Magic Love Pixie” a brilliant read. It is continually moving, from the child’s receptiveness towards her mother’s unconditional love to the grown-up woman’s epiphany that some doors must be kept shut.
Svenska Dagbladet
Sofia Stenström’s novel “Magic Love Pixie” is a potent cocktail of grief, sex addiction and malevolent love /… / a sado-masochistic drama /… / the story is certainly inextricably filthy and grimy in many ways, sort of terrifying and beautiful at the same time. But more than anything it is well-written, urgent and compelling.

Sofia Stenström (born 1978) is an author, poet and translator. She made her debut in 2005 with Venus Vanish, a poetry collection. She has also translated works by Elfriede Jelinek and Hans Fallada into Swedish. Magic Love Pixie is her first novel.

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