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Mirja Unge

I Live on Tomorrow

Tove lives in the countryside with Dad, an unreliable shift worker, as well as her unemployed and moody older sister who has moved back home, where she spends most of her days masturbating in her bedroom. The mother abandoned them long ago. Tove moves listlessly between the harrowing secondary school environment – characterized by sexual abuse, bullying and anarchy – and sordid house parties with sedating booze and sleazy boys. The last
place she wants to be is at home. And down the village live the social outcasts, the half-wits and other odd existences.

How do you endure this life and how do you ever get out of this place? I Live on Tomorrow is a terrifying slap in the face and a dark and gritty coming-of-age story with a spirited young heroine.

WINNER OF THE EYVIND JOHNSON PRIZE 2019

Mirja Unge, born 1973 in Stockholm, has been praised for her distinctive writing style and has also received several prominent awards for her literary works. She made her debut in 1998 with The Words Came From the Mouth, for which she was awarded the Katapult Prize for best debut. She has since written two additional novels…

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Tove lives in the countryside with Dad, an unreliable shift worker, as well as her unemployed and moody older sister who has moved back home, where she spends most of her days masturbating in her bedroom. The mother abandoned them long ago. Tove moves listlessly between the harrowing secondary school environment – characterized by sexual abuse, bullying and anarchy – and sordid house parties with sedating booze and sleazy boys. The last
place she wants to be is at home. And down the village live the social outcasts, the half-wits and other odd existences.

How do you endure this life and how do you ever get out of this place? I Live on Tomorrow is a terrifying slap in the face and a dark and gritty coming-of-age story with a spirited young heroine.

WINNER OF THE EYVIND JOHNSON PRIZE 2019

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In “I Live on Tomorrow”, Mirja Unge is better than ever

… Unge stays close to her characters, moves along their interactions, writes down their emotional choreography in the language’s own streams of consciousness, like a Virginia Woolf for the working-class /… / In “I Live on Tomorrow”, Mirja Unge is better than ever.

Expressen
I Live on Tomorrow is a powerful novel, the most powerful I have read in a while

“I Live on Tomorrow” is a powerful novel, the most powerful I have read in a while. Mirja Unge pushes darkness right into my chest, and slowly lets it seep out again – no matter what you remember from your own adolescence, it will never again become an idyllic place.

Sydsvenskan
I Live on Tomorrow is sombre – and surrealistic

… the long sentences form a type of filthy stream of consciousness, which points at everything flawed, unfair, violent in this world. The dialogues are frenzied and the words colloquial, but underneath there is an immense depth /… / “I Live on Tomorrow” is sombre – and surrealistic. Mirja Unge has gathered some of the worst things that can happen during adolescence and intensified it.

Sveriges Radio Kulturnytt
Remarkably poignant

I believe that Mirja Unge is the Swedish author who uses the least number of words, but also the one who achieves the biggest impact. I have read her texts since her debut twenty years ago and been astounded by her ability to carve through the prose and find an archetype that defines a human being when all her illusions are gone and all her gods are rotting among condoms and discarded tube lights by the dustbins behind a petrol station in a small Swedish village / … / Remarkably poignant

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