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Amanda Svensson

All Those Things I Said to You Were True

She arrives at the writer’s school, somewhere in the countryside in Skåne, with an ambition to learn how love tastes.

She seems to be succeeding when she meets another student at the school who stubbornly calls her Lilja Brik. Together, he says, they will travel back and forth across continents, through time and space, like Mayakovsky and Brik. Their love will be bigger than everything. Instead their relationship becomes hesitant, strange and destructive. Then Anne Bonny enters the stage, with eyes like emeralds and a wild heart she is a Pirate Queen and the most unique figure at the school.

All Those Things I Said to You Were True is a story about stories, about how they divide and heal and about a young woman and her struggle to find her own identity, and about how easy it is to lose yourself and let others hurt you.

Amanda Svensson wrote the acclaimed Hey Dolly in 2008 and was short listed for the August Prize with her second novel Välkommen till den här världen in 2011. With this novel she completes her trilogy about three young women and their defiant attitude to the outside world and their own identity.

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Amanda Svensson is an author, a cultural journalist and a translator. She made her debut in 2008, and her novels have been shortlisted for and awarded numerous prestigious prizes. A System so Magnificent it is Blinding (2019), Svensson’s latest novel, was awarded the Per Olov Enquist Literary Prize and Svenska Dagbladet’s Literature Prize. It was…

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She arrives at the writer’s school, somewhere in the countryside in Skåne, with an ambition to learn how love tastes.

She seems to be succeeding when she meets another student at the school who stubbornly calls her Lilja Brik. Together, he says, they will travel back and forth across continents, through time and space, like Mayakovsky and Brik. Their love will be bigger than everything. Instead their relationship becomes hesitant, strange and destructive. Then Anne Bonny enters the stage, with eyes like emeralds and a wild heart she is a Pirate Queen and the most unique figure at the school.

All Those Things I Said to You Were True is a story about stories, about how they divide and heal and about a young woman and her struggle to find her own identity, and about how easy it is to lose yourself and let others hurt you.

Amanda Svensson wrote the acclaimed Hey Dolly in 2008 and was short listed for the August Prize with her second novel Välkommen till den här världen in 2011. With this novel she completes her trilogy about three young women and their defiant attitude to the outside world and their own identity.

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Allt det där jag sa till dig var sant propagates, despite its title, for the imagination more than anything else. Exploring a "what if" as if everything was thinkable. The frenzy with which Amanda Svensson refuses to set limits for the possible is characteristic of her writing so far
Svenska Dagbladet (SE)

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