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Carl-Henning Wijkmark

Approaching Night

Approaching Night is a story about life’s final chapter and a meditation on the ultimate questions.

Terminal illness has brought together four men in Ward 5. There’s the stranger from the other side of the globe; Börje, the compulsive gambler who bets on eternal life; Harry, the hobo, the only one who qualifies as a gentleman. There are the nurses Birgit and Angela, dearly loved by these men marked by death, the wise priest Anna-Britta, and the unfeeling Dr. Möller. And above all, there’s Hasse, the narrator, who, when the future fails, reconciles himself to his past, his passions and disappointments before a silent visitor appears and receives his life’s farewell.

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Carl-Henning Wijkmark was born in Stockholm in 1934. After university studies in Sweden and abroad, he worked as a journalist and literary critic, as a translator and teacher at the University of Stockholm. He has been a full-time writer for more than twenty-five years and has published novels, essays, as well as plays, many of…

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Sold to: Denmark, Finland: Basam Books, France: Éditions Cénomane, Netherlands: De Rode Kamer, Norway: Pelikanen, Poland: Czarne

Approaching Night is a story about life’s final chapter and a meditation on the ultimate questions.

Terminal illness has brought together four men in Ward 5. There’s the stranger from the other side of the globe; Börje, the compulsive gambler who bets on eternal life; Harry, the hobo, the only one who qualifies as a gentleman. There are the nurses Birgit and Angela, dearly loved by these men marked by death, the wise priest Anna-Britta, and the unfeeling Dr. Möller. And above all, there’s Hasse, the narrator, who, when the future fails, reconciles himself to his past, his passions and disappointments before a silent visitor appears and receives his life’s farewell.

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