The Helios Disaster

By Linda Boström Knausgård

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The Helios Disaster is a mythical tale in which a father gives birth to a twelve-year-old girl, splitting his head in the process. Father and daughter are separated. The girl is placed into foster care and comes under the spell of the Pentecostal movement. When she starts speaking in tongues, she’s admitted to a psychiatric ward. All the time, she longs to meet her father and eventually they run away together. The question of who the girl and her father…
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Details

Language

Swedish

Format

Paperback

Genre

Literary novel

ISBN

9789462380219

Translator(s)

Rachel Willson-Broyles

Pages

128

Original Title

Helioskatastrofen

Year of publication

2015

Reviews

'Passionate, refined and as clear as cool water.'—Aftonbladet

‘It takes skill and imagination to describe extreme emotions in ways to which everybody can relate but that’s what Boström Knausgård achieves in this short, piercing book.’—The Independent

About the author

Linda Boström Knausgård

Linda Boström Knausgård (Sweden), an author and a poet, made her critical breakthrough in 2011 with the short-story collection Grand Mal. The Helios Disaster, her first novel, was awarded the Mare Kandre Award. Photo: ©Cato Lein