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Torgny Lindgren

In Praise of Truth

In Praise of Truth is about fraud, forgery and lies. The centre stage of the story is taken up by a singer who has, between the twelfth and fifteenth year of her life, become the darling of TV audiences and who returns after a number of years as a fully developed pop star. Paula feels like a substitute for herself. She resembles herself as a decoy duck resembles the real thing. She looks convincing but in her heart she is quite different to what her fans and the media have – on the surface – turned her into. Paula has a childhood friend, a maker of picture frames, who hates the world in which Paula has become ensnared and has got it into his head to liberate her from it – a process which is horrific and comic at the same time.

Torgny Lindgren’s In Praise of Truth is a significant work of literature. One would have to go back to August Strindberg’s The Red Room to find a novel which so mercilessly sends up its epoch with its confidence tricksters, substitutes and vices.

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Torgny Lindgren (1938–2017) was born in Raggsjö in northern Sweden. He made his debut as a poet in 1965 but his major breakthrough came with the novel The Way of the Serpent in 1982 which was filmed by Bo Widerberg in 1986. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Linköping University in 1990 and in 1991 he…

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In Praise of Truth is about fraud, forgery and lies. The centre stage of the story is taken up by a singer who has, between the twelfth and fifteenth year of her life, become the darling of TV audiences and who returns after a number of years as a fully developed pop star. Paula feels like a substitute for herself. She resembles herself as a decoy duck resembles the real thing. She looks convincing but in her heart she is quite different to what her fans and the media have – on the surface – turned her into. Paula has a childhood friend, a maker of picture frames, who hates the world in which Paula has become ensnared and has got it into his head to liberate her from it – a process which is horrific and comic at the same time.

Torgny Lindgren’s In Praise of Truth is a significant work of literature. One would have to go back to August Strindberg’s The Red Room to find a novel which so mercilessly sends up its epoch with its confidence tricksters, substitutes and vices.

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