Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar: 2. Sjukdomen

Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves. 2. Disease

by Jonas Gardell

They are sort of a family: the super queen Paul; Lars-Åke and Seppo; Reine with his haunting rural fishing island past; fair Bengt who is a film star in the making. Every year they celebrate Christmas at Paul’s, it is there that Benjamin and Rasmus meet and fall in love. They will sacrifice all for love.

They love each other so dearly; the world and the future belong to them.
It is then that disease comes to town.
The gay plague. The new Black Death.
They are all so young.
One after another they shall die.

All that is told in this story has happened. Every word is true.
I was one of the survivors.
This is my and my friends’ story.

This is the second part in the three-pieced novel Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar. The first part was published in Sweden in August 2012 and was unanimously praised by the critics as well as a tremendous sales success.

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