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Apropiación indebida

(Ester Nilsson #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  9,186 ratings  ·  917 reviews
¿Somos nosotros mismos cuando nos enamoramos? «Se han escrito miles de novelas sobre el amor, y esta es una de las mejores que he leído. Tienes que leerla si estás enamorado, si alguna vez lo has estado, o si tienes previsto enamorarte en el futuro.» Tara Moshizi, Go'kväll

Ester Nilsson es una poeta y ensayista de treinta y un años que vive resguardada en el mundo de las id
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 5th 2015 by Alfaguara (first published 2013)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Egenmäktigt förfarande: en roman om kärlek = Wilful Disregard, Lena Andersson

Wilful Disregard – A Novel About Love is the sixth novel by Swedish author Lena Andersson, published in 2013.

The book tells the story about a writer called Ester Nilsson. She meets an artist called Hugo Rask in an unusual way – because he is listening in the audience when she delivers a talk about him. Despite being in a steady relationship, the story tells the story of Nilsson's relationship with Rask, and betrayal.

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Rebecka
This has won a prestigious award in Sweden. And just like that, I know that I can never trust those awards. Ever. Again.

The only reason I made it past the 5% mark was that I wanted to write an angry review, and I can't do that with less than 5% read. So I read on, and by 50% I was both less angry and actually getting used to the incredibly annoying, pretentious and outdated language. (And then I finished it.) When I start to count the amounts of "ty" (old-fashioned "because") in a modern book,
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Jaidee
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: intellectual nymphs and the older men they love
Recommended to Jaidee by: delicious matron of middle years
Shelves: four-stars-books
4 "astute, cerebral, aloof" stars !!!

The Book that I wish More of You would Read Award of 2018

This novel by Lena Andersson won two Swedish literary prizes in 2013 and reading it I can understand why. I must also note that the translation by Sarah Death is absolutely superb.

In her heated state, Ester was unable to see that utterances could be as light as ash and just as burnt-out. They were scattered lazily, fell, came drifting down. Words were not enduring monuments to intentions and truths.
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Lisa
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: augustpriset
I hate it when the books I pick to escape the heavy burden of other books turn out to be equally painful.

And yet, I don't. I rarely read books in one go anymore, but today, I made an exception and even sacrificed some vital minutes of sunshine in January. It started out as a lazy way out of confronting either Günter Grass' retelling of the history of the Hitler dog years or Al Gore's bleak vision of the future, but it soon earned a life of its own.

In each human heart, there is a potential for a
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Settare (on hiatus)
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People stuck in obsessive, one-sided relationships.
I understand why many are so skeptical of this book. At the time I read it I enjoyed a lot, as I could sympathize with many sick parts of it. Now I think it wasn't as good as I initially thought.

First of all, I think this book has to be read at the right time in order to make sense. If you have never been on the giving end of a sick, obsessively one-sided relationship, you will probably hate this book and its characters.
The main two characters are exaggerated archetypes of what they represent.
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Julie Ehlers
What can I say that will convince you to give this short, Swedish novel a chance? Our youngish heroine, Ester, a poet and essayist, begins a flirtation with an older artist named Hugo. Due to a tendency on her part to read too much into things, and an apparent refusal on his part to just be direct, miscommunication of the most familiar sort ensues. What’s really going on is pretty obvious to us, the readers, but not to poor Ester. Not only does she misread the entire situation, but, interestingl ...more
Trish
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this wonderfully dense slim novel Lena Andersson manages to encapsulate the intensely personal—the treatment of a woman in love with a man uninterested in her—and broaden it to encompass larger political questions and concerns.
”[Are] we in fact not all to some extent utilitarians, that is consequentialists, that is, we judge things in terms of outcomes, even when we claim to be applying principles?...A consequentialist…is obliged to be against democracy if it turns out to have worse conseque
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Jill
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Willful Disregard is subtitled, “a novel about love.” Well, that depends on the reader’s definition of “love.” The true definition of what Willful Disregard is about can be found on the second page: “The dreadful gulf between thought and words, will and expression, reality and unreality, and the things that flourish in that gulf, are what this story is about.”

Not since Scott Spencer’s Endless Love has such a laser-sharp view into the nature of obsession been written. Our protagonist, 30-somethin
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Natalie
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This exquisite novel renders the unconscious captivity of doomed and atmospheric love and the wilful disregard that fuels the (un)necessary self deception such 'love' requires, as solid and sharp and glistening as a diamond.

This novel tells the story of Ester Nilsson, a sensible person in a sensible relationship. She knows what she thinks and she acts according to her principles. Until the day she is asked to give a lecture on renowned artist Hugo Rask. The man himself sits in the audience, spe
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switterbug (Betsey)
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ester Nillson, a 31 year-old essayist and poet, is an academic and published writer of esoteric works. Important to her is the precision of a word, which makes me think of Flaubert’s “let mot juste.” Also integral to her perception of the world is that subjective experience should also be objective (and vice-versa)—i.e. that emotions should not get in the way of defining the truth of an experience.

“She worked steadily at decoding the nature of the world and of human beings.”

Ester believes, for
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Linda
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The phrase ”Egenmäktigt förfarande” refers to the Swedish crime when someone is taking the law into his own hands and blocking or otherwise preventing something so the owner is restrained from using it. Philosophically, the term might be used in other situations, according to the author. The philosophical poet Ester meets the artist Hugo and falls desperately in love. Or, perhaps the right word is obsessed. The relationship, or what it is, is far from equal and Ester does everything and anything ...more
Ell Eastwood
Yet another book that could've been solved by lesbianism.

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Sarah
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't do better than Julie Myerson's Guardian review: "Though the cover would have us believe this is “a novel about love”, I’m not so sure: I think it’s a novel about shame. The shame of rejection, the shame of self-deception, the blushing, excruciating shame that comes of being the one without the power, the one who longs the hardest and cares the most. All Ester wants is for Rask to return her feelings, to love her back, to claim her. But when she takes his hand in public it squirms “like a ...more
Toni
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Wilful Disregard is like looking into a warped, fun-house mirror that reveals behaviours we are loathe to admit we are familiar with, but are all too known to us at some point in our lives.

Ester Nillson is a seemingly successful woman with a nice life shared with a nice partner,until she upends it all for the...love?...of the distant and habitually indifferent Hugo Rask.

This sliver of a novel dissects the self-deception of obsession with the precision of a surgeon's knife. Each step Es
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Judith
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a very intellectual Swedish version of "He's Just Not That Into You" . ...more
Jaclyn Day
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a masterpiece of unrequited longing and misplaced identity. The story centers around Ester Nilsson, a writer, and her infatuation with chilly, cerebral artist Hugo Rask. They’re equals at first: her intellectual musings about his work at a lecture hall draw him in, making her an irresistible target for his ego.

Their relationship remains platonic—but charged—for some time, rooted in discussions they both find thrilling for different reasons. As soon as the pairing becomes romantic,
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Miro
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: svenskonia
A 200-page read that gets increasingly pointless after the first 50 pages. Despite the clear presence of (self)irony, consciousness, and relatable grains of truth, Lena Andersson's novel is far too repetitive, pathologically so, 'til hollow. The characterization, that is probably less interesting than having to endure a broadcast of golf tournament on a Sunday afternoon after a meal with the relatives, is not helping either. Most of the book one spends being forced witness to Ester's overanalyzi ...more
Adrian White
There were some fine individual lines in this angst-ridden love story but ultimately I had so little sympathy for the main character that I thought she deserved what she got - which was nothing but grief.
Leigh Ellis
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lonely-hearts
Anyone who's experienced it, knows that unrequited love is a bitch. But by succeeding in articulating this universal experience, Andersson will help you feel less alone if you're stuck in the muck and trying to claw your way out. That she's able to do so from the female's perspective is even more satisfying.

I feel like I underlined and dog-eared the entire book, but this passage on hope made an especially strong impression:

"Definitive answers are easier to deal with than diffuse ones. This is
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Gretel
Jun 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really need to stop reading these Nordic prize-winners. I feel as if I'm sifting through tonnes of sand with a pan for gold.

I wasn't entertained by this book; it just left me feeling mildly inconvenienced. Sure, the tagline says it's a novel about love (I wonder why they put it there, were people not getting the purpose of the story under all its waffling?), but it's mostly a story about conversations between people that read all the supplements and articles in broadsheets and god, they want
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Becky
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Woman falls in love with a man. Finally meets him. (Yes, in that order.) He loves being worshipped by her. One-sided infatuation makes for some awkward sexy times. And that's when the train wreck begins. (Because everything prior to this was totally normal, amiright?)

The novel depicts her thoughts and emotions as she willingly lies to herself in an attempt to continue the affair. She overthinks everything. Loses ability to think rationally. Abandons all pride. Sits around waiting and obsessing.
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Red Newsom
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel seen.
Fatma
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translated
woman likes shitty man, woman sleeps with shitty man, woman is sad because shitty man ghosts her. the end. (what was i supposed to get out of this, exactly ???)
Jatan
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been contemplating about the nature of love and its many aspects: the people involved, their psychology and behavior under its influence; the effect--exalting, nauseating and everything in between--it has on other activities of the daily routine; expectations it engenders, fulfills, or thwarts; responsibilities, if any, its participants owe one another; role of (William James's) two-minds problem in its many enchantments and disillusions, to list a few.

In the wonderfully crafted narrative o
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Džana Doo
After just reading a couple of pages of this book I had to look up when it was released, because the language made me feel like I was reading an old classic rather than a new book. The way the characters talk to each other throughout the book is also very unnatural to me since it is very academic and it makes them sound like they are scientists, not lovers. That really bothered me, even though I got used to it. I wanted to give this book a 2, but it has clearly stuck to me long after reading it, ...more
Marina
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
The observations and detailed analysis of how we act and interpret things when falling and being in love were amazing, as well ad the intellectual discussions. However, I am a person who works better with sensitivity and intution and the book felt a bit too cold for me. Intellectually, I understood Ester perfectly (who hasn't been in her place, I mean, I felt SEEN) but because it lacked the emotional component, I couldn't empathise with her (Hugo is so fucking unlikeable) and was frustrated ofte ...more
Michael Livingston
A piercing and brutal book about the self-delusion involved in falling in love. The writing is flat and a little distancing, but the story is sharp and pulls no punches.
Bokrovan
Impressive. Not one word is uncalled for. Not one word is out of place.
Ylenia
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL writing.
Accurately (& painfully) describes what love is.
Pamela
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A book about limerence. I loved it. Willful Disregard is perceptive and precise. The author explores love, infatuation, obsession, and self-delusion so thoroughly - this is the most comprehensive piece of fiction I’ve read on the subject, and it’s a short book!

Charmingly persistent and neurotic, Ester is driven to TRY. She strives to see and know and understand, and she fails so consistently and completely that it made me feel affection for her. Even when she’s tedious and absurd, I just love he
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Lena Andersson (born 18 April 1970 in Stockholm) is a Swedish author and journalist. She won the August Prize in 2013 for the novel Wilful Disregard . In the same year, the same book, won her the Literature Prize given by the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. ...more

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