About the book
Ever since the ancient Greeks, the ferryman Karon has taken people across the river into the underworld, in exchange for a gold coin. Now Karon has gotten a job in the Stockholm subway and drives the mortals’ line from the suburbs to the city centre, from life to death. The passages travel through the underworld, to and from their loved ones, to and from their jobs, through time towards its end. In the meantime, they sing, about hope, about longing, about all the days of life.
Karon herself is a driver in nail polish and stockings, who dreams of breaking the key, driving the train backwards, or dropping her sweetheart off at an abandoned station. It seems so pointless to charge money and so difficult not to confuse love with grief. But no one, not even Karon, can escape the underworld. We are all dying, yet, we love.