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Håkan Bravinger

Just Before We Fall

Theirs is a completely ordinary family: Bengt, a psychiatrist, Mariette, a teacher and their seventeen-year-old son Erik. When Bengt travels to a conference in Cape Town he switches seats on the plane with an unknown man and they begin an unexpectedly intimate conversation. These trivial circumstances set off an unexpected chain of events in which the man starts taking over Bengt’s wife and son while he’s gone. What is the man’s motivation? Is the Sund family as harmonious as it seems on the surface? Who betrays whom?

Just Before We Fall is a dense, seething family drama about vanity, lost illusions, mid-life crises – and a longing for somebody to love. Perhaps there is a way back for a family who, after all these years together, has gotten lost. But the question is – is the unknown man a threatening intruder or a savior.

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Håkan Bravinger was born in 1968 and lives in Stockholm. He has been on the editorial board of 00-tal, a literary journal, and worked as a translator. He served as the international secretary of the Swedish Writer’s Union from 2001 to 2006. He is currently working as a senior editor at Norstedts.

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Theirs is a completely ordinary family: Bengt, a psychiatrist, Mariette, a teacher and their seventeen-year-old son Erik. When Bengt travels to a conference in Cape Town he switches seats on the plane with an unknown man and they begin an unexpectedly intimate conversation. These trivial circumstances set off an unexpected chain of events in which the man starts taking over Bengt’s wife and son while he’s gone. What is the man’s motivation? Is the Sund family as harmonious as it seems on the surface? Who betrays whom?

Just Before We Fall is a dense, seething family drama about vanity, lost illusions, mid-life crises – and a longing for somebody to love. Perhaps there is a way back for a family who, after all these years together, has gotten lost. But the question is – is the unknown man a threatening intruder or a savior.

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