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Karolina är professor vid Stockholms universitet, navigerar sig fram i den akademiska världen och lever ensam efter uppbrottet från en lång relation. När hon ska börja handleda en ny doktorand slås hon av hans självförtroende. Han säger sig ha funnit ny information som förändrar historieskrivningen av svensk bildkonst tack vare upptäckten av en kvinnlig konstnär verksam ru ...more
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published August 2016
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Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all the Eleanor Rigbys out there
What happens when you're a woman who chooses to focus on her career during her thirties, instead of doing what biology dictates - finding a mate and having babies?

If you're Karolina, professor of Art in a Stockholm university, you drink too much. You feel deep loneliness. You find yourself isolated from other women, who have lives you don't understand. You feel a desperation when a man gives you attention and you experience the walk of shame more times than you'd like to admit. You play second f
Jenny (Reading Envy)
On the surface, this book seemed to be yet another middle-aged professor has relationship with student narrative, with the flipped gender script. But I'm glad I read to the end, because I felt like it was much more than that.

Karolina is an art professor, recently divorced, and living in a tiny apartment. She starts to question what she is doing with her life, and along the way there are some encounters that felt very real, even the conversation with the colleague down the hall who can barely gi
Karolina Andersson finds herself suddenly single in her early forties. She still loves her job as an art professor at a university in Stockholm. But she is lonely, aimless and without purpose. She tends to drink too much. She indulges in social media voyeurism of her acquaintances' lives, without posting or engaging. What's there to post about? She doesn't like travelling, she doesn't go out much, especially since she's been single, she mostly just works.

When a graduate student she's supervisin
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Det kan ju vara så”, sa hon. “Att de bästa relationerna är de som aldrig blir romantiska, eller sexuella, men som liksom har potentialen att bli det. Där det finns ett slags undertryckt attraktion som man aldrig benämner eller släpper fram, som förhöjer hela relationen.”
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is a real life about happiness or merely the absence of unhappiness? Therese Bohman creates a self-seeking protagonist in Karolina, a professor of art history at the University of Stockholm, whose passion for art is matched with the ennui of her personal life.

At the twilight of her youth, perched to enter middle age, Karolina idles away her time roaming the city and reminiscing about former relationships gone sour. She has separated from a boring relationship that ate up eleven years of her time
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I didn't think I'd so enjoy a book that details the angst of being 40ish and uneasy about one's life. But Bohman's slender novel and her cerebral, melancholy heroine Karolina, are touching, familiar, and wryly funny.

This is a familiar story, but still feels fresh and vibrant. Karolina is 40-ish and newly separated, a decision that she agonizes over. Living alone, she relishes the freedom even as she doubts her own decisions. When her charming graduate student's research reveals an exciting, for
Kasa Cotugno
This is one of those books that is deceptively slender and seems as if it can be read in one afternoon. Not so. The richness of the prose, the accumulation of material, and the three dimensional characterizations slow a reader's pace, so as not to miss anything. Karolina Andersson is a Professor of Art, a title she adores if not the execution. At times, Karolina's negativity seems overwhelming, but there are many reasons for this, not the least of which her questioning of whether she made the co ...more
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nu har jag hunnit smälta boken. Och lyssnat på författaren. Dekadensroman kallar hon den.
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Goddamn! Jag vill ha mer. Nu.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another one for my international reading catalog. Sweden this time. A story of an art professor in her 40s who becomes unmoored following a dissolution of an eleven year long relationship. She starts reevaluating her life, priorities, choices, etc. particularly as far as romantic attachments go. She goes from one unsuitable love affair to another, she drinks too much, she wallows. That's about it. There is an actual plot there involving a very attractive graduate student with a very attractive r ...more
Naomi Carter
Jag kan inte riktigt sätta fingret på varför jag gillade den här boken så mycket, speciellt eftersom jag är så oinsatt i konstvärlden och boken handlar om en professor i konstvetenskap. Jag kände mig intelligent på något sätt, när jag läste den. Det är en riktigt bra skildring av ensamhet och uppgivenhet inför livets meningslöshet, och jag såg mig själv i Karolina på ett sätt jag gör väldigt sällan.

Det förvånar mig inte att folk tycker att den är tråkig, men jag fastnade från första sidan. Den
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jag älskar tunna romaner av medelålders medelklassiga kvinnliga svenska författare. Kvinnlig nyskild professor laborerar bland männen i sin omgivning: En gift man, en kollega, en doktorand. Hon dricker lite för mycket vin, avskyr att resa och har inga väninnor. Sjukt underhållande.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
My first DRC from Edelweiss!

One thing with an ereader is that I really don't see the details of that cover. I see it, but I don't get it. Considering it's a book about female artists, I guess the pink blob means the woman's feminity outweighs every other aspect of her appearance/being. And that is true for the book.

I love Anita Brookner books about middle-aged single women and how they cope with their lifestyle. The title means "the evening of the day" (and I wonder if it's the same in Swedish
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites-2016
Tyckte t.o.m. bättre om den än
"Den andra kvinnan".
Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
This book is essentially about a lonely woman looking for a relationship or some sort of deep connection with someone especially after a break-up with her long term boyfriend. She finds herself drowning in her work, drinking over the weekend (or at nights), and looking at her friends' social media. Doesn't this sound relatable?

To be honest, I cannot relate to the protagonist, however I can see how it could be relatable for others. Despite her success, she still was inevitably plagued by loneline
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: october-2017, kindle
Therese Bohman's Eventide has been translated from its original Swedish, and presents a compelling portrait of a female academic at a university in Stockholm. Bohman's move away from writing yet another campus novel about a troubled male professor is a simple move but a clever one, and the portrait which she builds is complex and engrossing. There is a marvellous feeling of consistency to the whole, and as a character study, Eventide is incredibly memorable.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quiet. Resolute. Sad. Lonely. Accurate.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
4.5 rounded down

Really enjoyed this one (way more than I expected after reading a few negative reviews beforehand). On paper this is not really my kind of book - not much plot, more of a character study - but I found the protagonist incredibly relatable. Karolina, an art professor, has recently left her husband, and the narrative follows her as she navigates her job and relationships with various men. Not quite sure what else to say about this other than that it was a very pleasant surprise!
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-audiobooks
3,5 stjärnor. Jag tyckte framförallt om sista delen av boken eftersom huvudkaraktären blev mer levande då. Annars tycker jag sjok av boken är ganska platta. Känns som delarna mellan diverse sexscener mest är utfyllnad. En "mjukerotiskt" bok skulle jag nog beskriva den som.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jag blev överraskad av språket, och hur jag drogs med i handlingen. Gillade att det handlade om konst och akademi. Fick också lust att läsa mer. Inte solklart slut, men rekommenderar läsning.
Ericka Seidemann
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The lives of women are full of ambivalent choices: career or family, love or security, confident risk or self-preservation? Eventide explores these dilemmas as faced by Karolina Andersson, a professor of art recently separated from a long-term relationship and now on her own in a small apartment, wondering if her entire life, both professionally and personally, has been a waste.

Karolina is attracted to many different men, most recently her postgraduate student who exudes an irresistible confide
Annika Kronberg
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
3,5. Det är mycket jag älskar med den här boken, men jag tycker tyvärr inte att storyn håller. Jag tycker om Bohmans språk, inklusive skildringen av Stockholm och vardagslivet, men passagerna om konst intresserad mig inte. Det som är bokens *plot twist* känns ganska ointressant.

Karolina är en väldigt bra huvudkaraktär. Jag känner att jag förstår henne, vilket är vackert men också sorgligt. Hennes reflektioner är så intressanta och hennes syn på män känns så uppfriskande, men hon är också så ens
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely wisp of a novel, Eventide was a quick and enjoyable read. I really liked Karolina, and all of the art history explainers. A beautiful story about accepting life in middle age, after a separation. Also a wonderful twist at the end!
Review copy provided by Other Press - March 2018
Lolly K Dandeneau
via my blog:
She had, however, quickly grown accustomed to the pitying looks that said: “Women in their forties don’t dump their partner. You’ve really made a mess of things now.”

Karoline Andersson, art history professor at Stockholm University, has ended her 11 relationship with her partner, growing accustomed to living alone once again. In a period of ‘aimless confusion’, she meets a young post-graduate student Anton Strömberg whom brings to her attention
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f, library, sweden, translation
Disappointed, though well written, this is yet another novel of a 40 something woman single and childless and spending way too much of the novel wondering if she made the right choices, possibly regretting lack of marriage and children. Plus drinking too much (Character's words not mine). It's possible to be in your 40s and not have these regrets.
Gitte Hørning
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
’Aftenland’ er ikke en plotdrevet roman, men derimod centreret om livsomstændighederne for hovedpersonen Karolina Andersson, der er professor i kunstvidenskab på Stockholms Universitet. Finder man det til en start fascinerende at få et indblik i livet i de akademiske cirkler samt livet i gader og stræder i Stockholm, Skandinaviens smukkeste by, ja, så er man i gang. Undervejs finder man ud af, at der er så meget mere i romanen end den karriere- og bymæssige rundtur, jævnfør dens meget ladede tit ...more
Maria Strale
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Absolut hennes bästa bok hittills! Var inte särskilt förtjust i hennes tidigare romaner.
I den här är det dock flyt på språket, bra historia och perfekta miljöskildringar. Och konsten! Konstbeskrivningarna! Vill genast läsa konsthistoria...
Singellivet. Den ensamma sorgliga kanelbullen och tomatsåsen med spagetti.
Bonnie Brody
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Karolina Anderssen is a professor of art history at a Stockholm, university. In her forties, she finds herself single after having left her partner of 11 years. She felt unfulfilled in that relationship for several reasons, not least of which was the lack of passion. Karolina likes sex a lot and even while partnered, she was often unfaithful. Karolina feels more comfortable with men than with women but she seems to choose inappropriate sexual partners such as married men, her boss, and most rece
Kristina Chalmain
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Som Stockholmare och kvinnlig akademiker (som dessutom pluggat vid Stockholms Universitet, bland annat) var det oväntat lustfyllt för mig att läsa om miljöer och situationer jag känner igen mig i, alltifrån karaktärer, arbete, utsikter, promenadvägar, affärer och andra miljöbeskrivningar.

Huvudpersonen Karolina är professor i konstvetenskap vid Stockholms Universitet. Hon är singel efter ett långt men olyckligt samboskap, och visst kan man bli trött på hennes ennui över arbetet, kultureliten, oc
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Nordic Book Club: July 2018 - Eventide 1 13 Aug 01, 2018 10:32AM  
Therese Bohman is an editor of the magazine Axess and a columnist for Expressen and Tidningen Vi, writing about literature, art, culture, and fashion. She lives in Sweden.
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