With "The Boundary" Elise Karlsson proves that she is one of the most intriguing interpreters of our contemporary culture.
With detached acuity and dark humour Elise Karlsson dissects post-industrial working life.
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.
Elise Karlsson proved already in her previous novel "The Line" how phenomenal she is at describing office life with its hidden agendas and coffee machines / … / In "The Boundary" she places her characters in a larger context. Borders consist of lots of lines. Humans are pitted against one another when nations build walls. I just want more of Elise Karlsson. An author who doesn’t use sentimentality as a drug to engage. But who still becomes incredibly insistent and urgent.