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Johannes Anyuru's "They Will Drown in Their Mothers' Tears" - A Lit Hub Most Anticipated Book

måndag 19 augusti 2019

It won't be officially released until the beginning of November, but the forthcoming US edition of Johannes Anyuru's They Will Drown in Their Mothers' Tears is already picking up attention.

Lit Hub's executive editor John Freeman has highlighted Anyuru's prize-winner as one of his most anticipated books of the autumn with the following comment: One of the impoverishments of most terrorist attack fiction is how hard such novels find it to imagine anything else. Anger, radicalization, brutality, shock and the aftermath of trauma: it often feels too much like a replay of what television has already shown us. This new novel by Swedish writer Johannes Anyuru departs fantastically from this script. It begins with an assault on a comic book store during an event by a cartoonist who has made jokes at the Prophet’s expense, but where it goes from there is strange, magical, and one of the first books to emerge out of our modern time to touch terrorism the way Vonnegut did war. Anyuru doesn’t shock the mind, but rather force us to ask new questions about what being a spectator truly means.

The novel is also featured as one of The Millions' most anticipated reads, where it is described as a "tale of authoritarianism and hate in modern Europe". 

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