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Anneli Jordahl

Augustenbad, One Summer

June early 1890s, poet Andreas Öman arrives in the small provincial spa town of Augustenbad. It soon becomes evident that he has not journeyed here out of his own free will, rather he is obeying orders from his wealthy wife and her family.

Reluctantly, Andreas steps into the consulting room of the renowned Dr Arvid Liljedahl. Andreas is given information about ‘the chronic toxic illness’ that is poisoning his brain and should therefor be treated with daily baths in water at 6 degree Celsius and by following doctor’s ninety-nine rules down to the last detail.

Andreas is not impressed and he continuously tries to avoid or break the doctor’s advice and rules. Trying to handle the effects of his abstinence, he takes long nightly walks and encounters sleepless Amanda Eggerts, the severely syphilis-strucken wife of a Justice Counsellor, who keeps herself out at nights and out of sight. Andreas is captivated by her beauty and is attracted to her despite her face being covered with nasty boils.

Andreas also gets to know a young girl with bright eyes who irons the first-class-residents’ attire. In a drunken haze during the traditional Midsummer Festivities, he seduces her with tragic results.

In Augustenbad, One Summer people from different social classes meet – in an age marked by syphilis, morphine addiction and large class dividends.

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Anneli Jordahl (b. 1960) is an author and a literary critic. She has written several works of non-fiction, as well as critically praised novels. Her latest novels are Augusten­bad, One Summer (2011), Don’t Let This Town Ruin You (2014) and Like the Dogs in Lafayette Park (2016).

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Sold to: Germany, Norway: Vega Forlag

June early 1890s, poet Andreas Öman arrives in the small provincial spa town of Augustenbad. It soon becomes evident that he has not journeyed here out of his own free will, rather he is obeying orders from his wealthy wife and her family.

Reluctantly, Andreas steps into the consulting room of the renowned Dr Arvid Liljedahl. Andreas is given information about ‘the chronic toxic illness’ that is poisoning his brain and should therefor be treated with daily baths in water at 6 degree Celsius and by following doctor’s ninety-nine rules down to the last detail.

Andreas is not impressed and he continuously tries to avoid or break the doctor’s advice and rules. Trying to handle the effects of his abstinence, he takes long nightly walks and encounters sleepless Amanda Eggerts, the severely syphilis-strucken wife of a Justice Counsellor, who keeps herself out at nights and out of sight. Andreas is captivated by her beauty and is attracted to her despite her face being covered with nasty boils.

Andreas also gets to know a young girl with bright eyes who irons the first-class-residents’ attire. In a drunken haze during the traditional Midsummer Festivities, he seduces her with tragic results.

In Augustenbad, One Summer people from different social classes meet – in an age marked by syphilis, morphine addiction and large class dividends.

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A book you read slowly to make it last for a long time.

A book steaming with summer days too hot to endure, the stuffy lifestyle of the 1890s and a class based society extending not too far back in time. Despite their faith in progress, people are shaped by their determinism while longing for something else.

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