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Tone Schunnesson

Trip Reports

“I am whole. I am a perfect machine. God has touched me and seen my misery and told me to live the way I do because I am his perfect daughter.
I move through life with my loneliness and my abandonment and I am proud and great, invincible, nothing in life can be wrong because I am perfect. I am so beautiful, I am so beautiful. I am alone. I am ugly, I am disgusting.”

She is living on the edge all the time, using others and letting herself be used. She’s constantly trying to get away from people that she owes and guards herself from the sentiments of her memories by never stopping drinking.

Although sometimes she does sober up and then the thought occurs: Could there yet be someone that could save her, among the few people she loves or has loved? Can one be saved if one doesn’t fully want to be?

Tone Schunnesson’s debut novel is an uncompromising and poetic journey exploring a young woman’s mental state.

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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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Germany: Btb/Luchterhand, Norway: Kristoffersen Publishing

“I am whole. I am a perfect machine. God has touched me and seen my misery and told me to live the way I do because I am his perfect daughter.
I move through life with my loneliness and my abandonment and I am proud and great, invincible, nothing in life can be wrong because I am perfect. I am so beautiful, I am so beautiful. I am alone. I am ugly, I am disgusting.”

She is living on the edge all the time, using others and letting herself be used. She’s constantly trying to get away from people that she owes and guards herself from the sentiments of her memories by never stopping drinking.

Although sometimes she does sober up and then the thought occurs: Could there yet be someone that could save her, among the few people she loves or has loved? Can one be saved if one doesn’t fully want to be?

Tone Schunnesson’s debut novel is an uncompromising and poetic journey exploring a young woman’s mental state.

Reviews

An accomplished, outstanding debut

An accomplished, outstanding debut, confident and poignant – a depiction of rampant addiction and loneliness, tattered self-consumption and self-aggrandizement, and of writing as a possible way out.

SR Kulturnytt
How liberating to find a female protagonist as unsympathetic, self-absorbed and disloyal as this – a rare and therefore more than welcome character in literature.
Svenska Dagbladet
a delightfully rebellious little novel at high speed

… a delightfully rebellious little novel at high speed, on the road, yet stationary in all its yearning desperation and repeated attempts to escape. /…/ Schunnesson’s language is at the same time poetic and grandiose – or grotesque, on both a large and small scale.

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