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Merab's Beauty And Other Stories

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Paperback, 160 pages
Published 1989 by Collins Harvill (first published 1983)
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Torgny Lindgren’s stories in Merab’s Beauty have just about everything you could want from an author of post-modern fables: magical realism, a distinct ethnic vision, metafictional themes, and a strong and consistent voice. Many of the stories in this book are set in the first half of the 20th century and deal with quirky Swedes whose obsessions rival anything found in Knut Hamsun’s better-known Norwegian novels. Lindgren’s Swedes have a vivid Protestant background which survives, in their daily ...more
George Berguño
Perhaps I should begin this review by confessing straight out that I do not hold many contemporary writers in high regard. But hardly had I finished reading the first half dozen stories in this sublime book than I recognized I was in the presence of a writer of astounding originality. Yes, Torgny Lindgren is a modern master of the short story; but he is much more than that. A timeless magic pervades these stories such that, I predict, they will be read in the centuries to come.

When I first read
Allen Smith
This was my first translation of Torgny Lindgren, who is widely know for Ormens väg på hälleberget (English title:The Way of a Serpent). As with other translated editions into English the reader is left to ponder if the language being transferred in a rough manner stems from a clipped interpretation then how it may pass in Swedish. Lindgren draws upon religious parables in Merab's Beauty And Other Stories, and the featured tales range from more fantastical to stark tellings. Found myself reflect ...more
These are the oddest short stories I have ever read. They are very short stories, simply written, but full of thought, twisting to ends that I hadn't even dreamed of. Even in translation, the word choice is beautiful and clever; even the comma splices, which I generally despise, add to the tone.

I bought the book on Thursday afternoon; it's Saturday morning now. I often have a hard time paying attention to books (which is why I read so many books to the halfway point and then get distracted by a
Lorenzo Berardi
A Spoon River Anthology in Sweden. Not poetry, but tales.
A beautiful ode to the spoken word.

Every single story here is the ring of a wool chain made, told by the narrator, a tailor who has lost love finding a kind of personal faith.

And he can't stop moving his feet, his hands and his mouth between human afflictions, fears, idiosyncrasies and superstitions in a timeless scenario made by common people.

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Gustav Torgny Lindgren is a Swedish writer.
Lindgren is the son of Andreas Lindgren and Helga Björk. He studied in Umeå to become a teacher and worked as a teacher until the middle of the 1970s. He was for several years active as a local politician for the Swedish Social Democratic Party. In the 1980s he converted to the Catholic faith.
Lindgren began as a poet in 1965 but had to wait until 1982 for
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