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Amanda Svensson grew up in Malmö and currently lives in Cornwall, England. She has studied Creative Writing at Fridhems College and works as an arts journalist and translator. Hey Dolly was her much acclaimed debut in 2008, and her second novel Welcome to this World (2011) was shortlisted for the August Prize, as well as Dagens Nyheter's Literature Prize. 

A System so Magnificent it is Blinding (2019) is Amanda Svensson's fourth novel and has been awarded the Per Olov Enquist Literary Prize and Svenska Dagbladet's Literature Prize. It is also shortlisted for Tidningen Vi's Literature Prize. 

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Ett system så magnifikt att det bländar
There is such an enormous amount of energy and vitality in Amanda Svensson’s prose, an energy that is instantly recognisable from her previous books. There is not a single stale sentence, not a single dull repetition or artificial response. She seamlessly moves between the novel’s different moods and she can be insanely funny without losing any of the fundamental sincerity /… / With her wit and carefully composed plot Svensson has more in common with the Anglo-Saxon literary tradition, than the Swedish.
Ett system så magnifikt att det bländar
This is a classic family tale in a large format, which may recall both Thomas Mann and Zadie Smith, but it also has the intellectual mystery’s intricate and ambitious trait, a la Marisha Pessl or Donna Tartt. Svensson adds art and science, literature and politics into her brew, until she has achieved an entertaining bildungsroman that is far removed from the egocentric autofiction that is said to be dominating contemporary literature /… / Svensson carries out her almost perilously demanding literary project with a lightness that is impressive; she may be navigating an ocean vessel, but she does it as if she was surfing the waves.
Ett system så magnifikt att det bländar
I’m almost a bit giddy following a marathon reading session where I allowed the 540 pages to sweep over me, because A Magnificent System is, despite its size, a book that entices me to skip such trivialities as meals and toothbrushing. I want to be completely sure that I don’t miss anything /… / A Magnificent System is composed like a rich kind of symphony, with a diverse set of voices and places that together move from cacophony to harmony. This is a book that, to use the author’s own words, makes you feel alive.
Ett system så magnifikt att det bländar
… a verbose, kooky, surrealistic and simply wonderful novel with major existential questions.
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Amanda Svensson and Nina Wähä Both Shortlisted for Tidningen Vi's Literature Prize

After having racked up several prize nominations and wins over the past year, Amanda Svensson and Nina Wähä have now been announced as two of the three contestants for Tidningen Vi's Literature Prize - a prize dating back to 1947 and given annually to an emerging authorship.  The jury nomina...

Amanda Svensson is Awarded Svenska Dagbladet's Literature Prize

Only two months after receiving the P O Enquist Literary Prize, Amanda Svensson was last night announced as the winner of Svenska Dagbladet's Literature Prize for her novel A Magnificent System, which the jury describes as: a novel about serious contemporary issues such as climate and...

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Per Olov Enquist Literary Prize to Amanda Svensson

Today it was revealed that Amanda Svensson is this year's recipient of the esteemed Per Olov Enquist Literary Prize, awarded annually to “a younger writer set for a European breakthrough”. The prize has previously been awarded to writers such as Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Helle Helle and Jón Ka...

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Amanda Svensson's "A Magnificent System" sold to the UK

We are delighted to announce that Scribe has acquired World English rights to Amanda Svensson’s A Magnificent System – the critically acclaimed novel that has been compared to the works of writers such as Zadie Smith, Paul Auster and Marisha Pessl. Philip Gwyn Jones, Scribe’s Publis...

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A Successful Spring for Norstedts Agency

We are so proud and delighted that our authors have enjoyed such an amazing spring with excellent sales, wonderful reviews and many good rights deals! Amanda Svensson's A Magnificent System has not only spent five weeks at the top of Dagens Nyheter's Critics List, but rights have als...

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