August Prize 2008

The jury’s citation:

‘In his new book, Per Olov Enquist fuses together an autobiographical tall story, a piece of literary history that he himself has lived through and a personal confession in the form of a tragic-comedy: he drills deep down until he touches a painful nerve in his ego, and takes us along on an infernal journey which nevertheless has a happy ending. This is a bold book – a book that goes all the way from Hjoggböle village in Västerbotten in the north of Sweden to Broadway in New York City, having at its centre the destructive and creative lifeline of being an artist.’


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