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Tone Schunnesson

Days & Days & Days

Bibbs is just about to turn thirty-nine. At the same time there are those who are turning twenty-six or nineteen. Even though Bibbs lacks talent, she has been famous for a while, but the good life is beginning to slip through her fingers. And there seems to be a neverending flow of unexpected expenditures. Like the rent.

Her boyfriend Baby has always provided stability and when he unexpectedly dumps her, she becomes devastated. When he walks out, she is also faced with an ultimatum: if she wants to keep her flat she must pay 100.000 SEK within the next week. She no longer has access to that kind of money  – an amount that would have been easy to find ten years ago. Bibbs is forced to make extreme decisions, where the lies ultimately become the sole thing with any ounce of truth.

Tone Schunnesson’s new novel following Trip Reports (2016), is a study of success and destruction, dependence and betrayal, celebrity and anonymity.

SHORTLISTED FOR SWEDISH RADIO’S LITERATURE PRIZE 2021

SHORTLISTED FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 2021

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Schunnesson

Tone Schunnesson (b. 1988) is a former student of the esteemed Biskops Arnö Writing School. She is also a regular contributor to Aftonbladet’s Arts & Culture pages. Her debut novel Trip Reports (2016) was hailed by the critics as “delightfully rebellious”, “hilarious” and “hard-boiled”. It was also shortlisted for Borås Tidning’s Debutant Prize, as well as being a big…

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Denmark: Gads Forlag, Finland: Johnny Kniga, Germany: Luchterhand, UK: Héloïse Press (World English rights)

Bibbs is just about to turn thirty-nine. At the same time there are those who are turning twenty-six or nineteen. Even though Bibbs lacks talent, she has been famous for a while, but the good life is beginning to slip through her fingers. And there seems to be a neverending flow of unexpected expenditures. Like the rent.

Her boyfriend Baby has always provided stability and when he unexpectedly dumps her, she becomes devastated. When he walks out, she is also faced with an ultimatum: if she wants to keep her flat she must pay 100.000 SEK within the next week. She no longer has access to that kind of money  – an amount that would have been easy to find ten years ago. Bibbs is forced to make extreme decisions, where the lies ultimately become the sole thing with any ounce of truth.

Tone Schunnesson’s new novel following Trip Reports (2016), is a study of success and destruction, dependence and betrayal, celebrity and anonymity.

SHORTLISTED FOR SWEDISH RADIO’S LITERATURE PRIZE 2021

SHORTLISTED FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 2021

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Days & Days & Days is a novel at the very heart of the contemporary sauce, where fake news, self-presentation and exploited integrity are common ingredients

Days & Days &Days is a novel at the very heart of the contemporary sauce, where fake news, self-presentation and exploited integrity are common ingredients. It is obviously very easy to be ironic about this. But Schunnesson steps right into this mess and portrays it with a remarkable tenderness. The text doesn’t fail the down-at-heel Elisabeth, known as “Bibbs”, for one second. Instead it keeps its gaze firmly fixed on her when the world around turns away. The reader accompanies Bibbs on her twisted path to redress and her attempts to make the lies (that unfortunately tend to accumulate) “dissolve into truth” /… / Like Trip Reports, Schunnesson’s debut from four years ago, this is a novel that complicates the question of value. Financial capital, sexual power and cultural status. What do the hierarchies look like and how can people navigate the current social structures? What is so interesting about Bibbs is that she is extremely contemporary, and at the same time far too old.

Dagens Nyheter
Days & Days & Days is such a brutal punch in the gut!

Days & Days & Days is such a brutal punch in the gut! It is an emotional spiral of violence that deteriorates only to deteriorate even more until we reach the end, which is brilliantly portrayed and the only possible solution. Days & Days & Days is everything that is grotesque about the present, worded like projectile vomiting and I am unable to tear myself away because Tone Schunnesson’s prose, composition and furious pace refuse to let go of me /… / Days & Days & Days is an astonishing novel about the present pursuit of likes, where humans are interchangeable like any other commodity and where the emotional kicks are only one post away. It is also a novel about the difference between having a ridiculous amount of money and having ridiculously little money and how much shameless degradation a person can endure.

Ystads Allehanda
Tone Schunnesson writes about a child of our time a little bit like Virginie Despentes writes about an ageing rocker in Paris in the series about Vernon Subutex

Tone Schunnesson writes about a child of our time a little bit like Virginie Despentes writes about an ageing rocker in Paris in the series about Vernon Subutex. With tough love, coarse humour and an omnipresent fragment of genuine sadness. Bibbs, with her freebie clothes and her rampant narcissism, could well have become a one-dimensional caricature, but Schunnesson portrays a multi-faceted, disheartened human being. One who tries to survive with what is on offer, but who isn’t very good at it /… / It is just as entertaining as it is painful to follow the far from faultless Bibbs on her journey of endless crash and burn.

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