It is our pleasure to reveal that Sofia Stenström's Magic Love Pixie is one of the four novels shortlisted to Svenska Dagbladet's Literature Prize. The prize is awarded annually to a promising Swedish authorship and the winner will be announced in December.
Magic Love Pixie is Sofia Stenström's first novel following two poetry collections and was published to great acclaim at the beginning of the year. This is how Svenska Dagbladet's Jenny Aschenbrenner described the novel in her review:
Poet Sofia Stenström brings out her first novel, which is a portrayal of sex and soul-searching and the mix-up between protection and oppression, pleasure and self-harm. A meaty and sensuous account of being a girl and a yearning human being, written in a prose that adds scent and texture to the words /… / The story of the vulnerable girl and the dirty old man is an age-old narrative, but Nadja comes across as something more than a cautionary tale in Sofia Stenström’s vibrant yet fierce prose /… / Sofia Stenström conveys powerful connections between grief and sex, between the love for a mother and the longing for passion, which makes “Magic Love Pixie” a brilliant read. It is continually moving, from the child’s receptiveness towards her mother’s unconditional love to the grown-up woman’s epiphany that some doors must be kept shut.
Good luck, Sofia!
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