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Tone Schunnesson

Tone: Round-trip Ticket

“When Hannes Westberg was shot and injured by police during the EU summit in Gothenburg 2001, I was thirteen years old. Two years later George W Bush declared war on Iraq. Those are two historical events that shaped my way of looking at the world. But despite an early and serious political commitment, I lost the strong conviction that another world is actually possible somewhere along the way. Not because a change wasn’t urgent, but because the world was more fluid and more complicated than most politicians seemed to want to acknowledge.
Before the 2022 election, I decided to travel around Sweden in collaboration with Aftonbladet to combat the sense of meaninglessness. It was time for me to seek answers to questions that had been lingering for too long. How come the Sweden Democrats run such a successful YouTube channel? Who is the richest person in the country? Do the Green Party’s spokespersons have death anxiety? How genuine is the concern about gang crime? Which karaoke song does the former Minister of Justice Tomas Bodström sing at parties?

The world is strange, but also sad, cool and encouraging. And it requires that you take care of it. For real.” — Tone Schunnesson

Tone: Round-trip Ticket is a collection of political Gonzo essays, inspired by Hunter S. Thompson, written by one of the sharpest contemporary writers in Sweden today.

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Tone Schunnesson (b. 1988) is a former student of the esteemed Biskops Arnö Writing School. She is also a regular contributor to Aftonbladet’s Arts & Culture pages. Her debut novel Trip Reports (2016) was hailed by the critics as “delightfully rebellious”, “hilarious” and “hard-boiled”. It was also shortlisted for Borås Tidning’s Debutant Prize, as well as being a big…

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“When Hannes Westberg was shot and injured by police during the EU summit in Gothenburg 2001, I was thirteen years old. Two years later George W Bush declared war on Iraq. Those are two historical events that shaped my way of looking at the world. But despite an early and serious political commitment, I lost the strong conviction that another world is actually possible somewhere along the way. Not because a change wasn’t urgent, but because the world was more fluid and more complicated than most politicians seemed to want to acknowledge.
Before the 2022 election, I decided to travel around Sweden in collaboration with Aftonbladet to combat the sense of meaninglessness. It was time for me to seek answers to questions that had been lingering for too long. How come the Sweden Democrats run such a successful YouTube channel? Who is the richest person in the country? Do the Green Party’s spokespersons have death anxiety? How genuine is the concern about gang crime? Which karaoke song does the former Minister of Justice Tomas Bodström sing at parties?

The world is strange, but also sad, cool and encouraging. And it requires that you take care of it. For real.” — Tone Schunnesson

Tone: Round-trip Ticket is a collection of political Gonzo essays, inspired by Hunter S. Thompson, written by one of the sharpest contemporary writers in Sweden today.

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