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Torgny Lindgren

Norrlands Akvavit

This is a story about three more or less temporary visitors in the interior of Västerbotten: King Charles XV, Jesus Christ and the decrepit revivalist Olof Helmersson. And about a particularly rare schnapps.

During the 1950s, the revivalist movement enjoyed a final blossoming in the Västerbotten’s interior. One of the dominant preachers was Olof Helmersson, widely praised for his impressive physical strength and his forceful sermons. When the revivalist movement began to wane he disappeared – nobody knew where – and now, fifty years later, Helmersson returns. However, the community has changed beyond recognition. As has his preaching.

Shortlisted for the August Prize 2007

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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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Sold to: Czech Republic, Denmark: Rosinante & Co, Finland: Tammi, Hungary: Szephalom, Italy: Iperborea, Netherlands: De Geus, Norway: Gyldendal, Spain: Sexto Piso

This is a story about three more or less temporary visitors in the interior of Västerbotten: King Charles XV, Jesus Christ and the decrepit revivalist Olof Helmersson. And about a particularly rare schnapps.

During the 1950s, the revivalist movement enjoyed a final blossoming in the Västerbotten’s interior. One of the dominant preachers was Olof Helmersson, widely praised for his impressive physical strength and his forceful sermons. When the revivalist movement began to wane he disappeared – nobody knew where – and now, fifty years later, Helmersson returns. However, the community has changed beyond recognition. As has his preaching.

Shortlisted for the August Prize 2007

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