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De kommer att drunkna i sina mödrars tårar

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  3,207 ratings  ·  313 reviews
En vinterkväll kliver tre individer som svär trohet till den sönderfallande terrorstaten Daesh in i en bokhandel. En kontroversiell konstnärs framträdande avbryts av ett pistolskott, panik utbryter och samtliga i lokalen tas som gisslan. Men en av de tre angriparna, en ung kvinna som har som uppgift att filma våldet, bär på en hemlighet som kan ändra allt. Under attacken ...more
Hardcover, 1:a Upplagan, 301 pages
Published March 2nd 2017 by Norstedts (first published February 27th 2017)
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Hannah Greendale
It's thrilling to think of the August Prize (Augustpriset) reaching a wider audience through translation, but this seems like an unlikely novel to garner new fans of Sweden's literary prize.

They Will Drown in Their Mothers' Tears explores an alternate future where "anti-Swedish" (i.e. Muslim) citizens are imprisoned in a ghetto called The Rabbit Yard. Albiet speculative, its extremes are too jagged a pill to swallow. Equally troubling is a lack of distinction between its two narrative voices,
Paul Fulcher
I am writing to those of you who won’t believe that what I’m saying can happen in Sweden. You’ll think I’m lying because you think you’re still Swedish.

Johannes Anyuru's De kommer att drunkna i sina mödrars tårar won the 2017 August Prize in Sweden, and has now been translated into English by Saskia Vogel as They Will Drown In Their Mothers' Tears, and published by Two Lines Press. The 2016 winner of the same prize was Lina Woolf's De polyglotta älskarna, also rendered into English (as The
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy shit you guys. Johannes Anyuru’s They Will Drown In Their Mothers’ Tears was incredible. About a father, and writer, and Muslim who, over a period of time, interviews a young woman in a a forensic mental health facility in Sweden and tries to unpack her role in a violent act that she both participated in and prevented, and whether or not she is a woman with a mind damaged in contemporary back door government torture of possible ISIS affiliated youth, or if she is, at least in part, a child ...more
Martin DH
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very beautiful and horrific book.

To not spoil to much (can be read on the book's backside); the story feels like a mixture of social-thriller and soft-SciFi as it describes the meeting between a young woman at a criminal mental institute and a man who take notes of her story.
The book switches between flashes of a, possibly made up, dystopic future of a fascistic Sweden and the present where the man contemplates whether that future is real or not.

The language is very fluent and poetic which
Laurent Franckx
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's purely coincidental that I read Iain Bank's "Transition" just two weeks before reading this book. In "Transition", a secret organization has found the means to travel between an infinity of universes and to intervene in the parallel universes.
Until halfway the book, I thought this was just a variation on Bank's theme, but this book is infinitely more subtle and sensitive - and with some surprises until the end.
While the book is obviously inspired by one of the big political issues of our
Mrs. Danvers
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, whoa. That was a very intense and beautiful read. Don't read it if you're looking for something cozy for the holidays. But do read it.
The kind of book that makes me want to start stopping strangers on the street to tell them to read it.
Ronald Morton
It’s been a long while - at least a couple years - since a read a book where I was simply consumed with the crushing need to finish it in a single sitting. I’m older now, and my children don’t know what sleeping in is, so that sort of late night reading alludes me; as such this one took me two sittings, but younger me would have had the drive to see this one through in one mad frantic dash to the finish.

Beginning to end this was exceptional; it crams so many ideas and thoughts and ruminations
A beautiful and haunting novel.
Cassie (book__gal)
This book caught me off guard in the best way. I didn’t think it was possible for a fiction novel to elegantly tackle subjects like terrorism, anti-immigrant hysteria, nationalism, dystopia, and religion, but alas, TWDITMT does so.

A terrorist attack is taking place at a comic book store in Sweden, when suddenly a woman participating in said attack, experiences a dissociation of sorts...something is wrong, she is not herself. Years later, this same woman, now in a criminal psychiatric
Rebecca H.
This novel is a work of speculative fiction, looking at terrorism, Islamophobia, and anti-immigrant ideology. It’s set in Sweden and opens with a violent attack on a bookstore hosting an author known for controversial drawings of the prophet Mohammed. One of the attackers turns out to be a visitor from an alternate future. Or at least she believes she is. Over the course of the novel she tells her story to a writer who tries to piece together what actually happened. This writer grapples with his ...more
This book is an excellent story looking at immigrants and their children, religion, Swedish society, Syrian terrorist camps, time travel, radicalization, internment, hate, religion, and more. A little confusing as it jumps between character, place, and time--more so because I read an e-galley with no indications other than content (and my total confusion) that the place/time/narrator had changed. I think this might have been a 5-star read for me if I had had those breaks and not had to read back ...more
Ignatius Vonnegut
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"They will drown in their mothers tears - Johannes Anyuru"

This year's first knockout read. Loved Mohsin Hamids "The reluctant fundamentalist", but this is on another level. It has similar aim but adds a light sci-fi to it. It's poetic and political and still manages to be thrilling and personally engaging. It it smartly composed and does Orwell better than himself. It's now in Sweden, but always and everywhere. Don't think I ever read a better book coming from my Sweden. maybe..
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
God has 99 names and Anyuru is familiar with some of the darker ones; naming the prison camp "al-Mima" after the dead God of space epos "Aniara" by Harry Martinsson is poetic bordering to hysterical. I don't think I'll ever forgive him for that image and I'm deeply grateful for that.
Jenn Locke
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gave me everything I could want: a mystery; a family saga; a bit of time travel; a dystopian alternate reality; a touch of complexity to sustain my interest; and all the fear, loneliness, love, and compassion in the world.

Yeah, it’s a lot. Like all the best books are.

This book is set in a Sweden similar to the one we know, but harsher. Written by Johannes Anyuru, who was born to a Swedish mother and an Ugandan-refugee father, the story takes on the ugliness of terrorism and
Kris Fernandez-Everett
First off, this book is conceived very well. I like the idea of an approximate dystopia — using events that are part of any given reader’s reality and bending them in ways that could logistically occur, even if we think we’re too cultured or nuanced as a society to let that happen. The idea of being uniquely lost in time and in place is ubiquitous, and I enjoyed the envisaging about its ramifications in this novel.

My issues with the book, and what kept me from thinking more of it, were
Anthony Hughes
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most effectively emotionally charged, heart wrenching, heart breaking books I have read in some time! This book left me speechless and breathless and I still lie awake contemplating the ideas presented so eloquently in this book. It deals with ideas if extremism in all its forms from all its ugly sides through exploring themes of memory, identity, culture, ethics and morality and how all of these things are mediated and given certain meaning or attempted to be engineered in certain ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Deeply philosophical and not an easy read, but an highly important one, certainly for Swedish readers. It is poetic with its very own melody to it. A trigger for thoughts of life and destiny and time. Science fiction in a way but deeply rooted in reality. The writer very much shines through his own beautiful words in a way I have not experienced before.

I fell in love with it after finishing the second chapter and by the time I was reading the last page, my emotions had ranged from one side of
Bob Lopez
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama
It became a bit too much victimization in my taste which taints the otherwise very interesting plot. In my mind it became a bit too rich with hostile nationalistic swedes where even the most horrible act could be traced back to the evil white race and kindness and consideration only was shown by members of the "right" faith. Then again this is a novel and written from a perspective I'm not familiar with (as I'm not religious myself) so even though I beleive the feeling of insecurity and being ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this both compelling and highly disturbing. It combines the present with science fiction/alternate reality/time travel themes. Could one go back in time and change things for the better or is this an insane dream and what does it say about the dreamer and those about which they are dreaming.

This is more disturbing than any horror story because it cuts way too close to home. There is a line that talks about those oppressing minorities. Why do they hate us. Its not a matter of hate but of
Two Lines Press
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, swedish

“[Anyuru]. . . turns a novel about terrorism, time travel and alternative realities into something even stranger than those things: a philosophical meditation on hope.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“. . . one of the first books to emerge out of our modern time to touch terrorism the way Vonnegut did war. Anyuru doesn’t shock the mind, but rather force us to ask new questions about what being a spectator truly means.” —John Freeman, Literary Hub
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most compelling, breathtaking, enlightening books I have ever read. It is entirely believable, it flows with energy. Sometimes I stopped to check who was in charge at various breaks, and within a few words it was obvious and caught me back up once again. It gives one a perspective on otherness I have rarely if ever experienced. Absolutely brilliant. Just read it, pay attention, don’t start judging until the end and then think long and hard before you say a word.
Jeff Lugowe
While I can recognize that this book (which I read in Norwegian translation) has captured imaginations and made a literary splash, I struggled to get invested in any of the characters. I also agree with some other reviewers that the switching between present, past and future was a bit confusing. There's no question that this is a haunting book that takes on important topics. I'm just not sure the execution was as good as the premise.
Erin Ferrell
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling premise and satisfying ending. Because I am unfamiliar with Swedish and Muslim culture, I felt at times to be missing nuances, though I wonder, too, if reading Johannes' untranslated version would change my experience for the better. My after thoughts struggle with how to engage young men so full of energy and anger, to direct them to use that brilliance in more positive ways.
Linus Johansson
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've seen it compared to Murakami, I haven't read enough Murakami to decide if that's an apt comparison. What I personally can compare it to is a mix of Slaughterhouse Five without the comedy and the movie K-pax. If someone is turned off by the title or the violence in the first chapter I'd suggest reading past that.

I had high expectations, and this blew them out of the water.
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Translated well. Excellent and thoughtful, though it took me a while to discern between the three points of view the book is told from (the girl x2 and the journalist) because there isn't anything to indicate when it switches. It is left a little vague but I don't think the exact logic behind the girl's identity is really the important part. Interesting read!
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I had problem getting into the story, maybe I was a bit unfocused when I listened to it. I didn't really get the time jumps at first and couldn't separate the people sometimes. It got better in the end though. Maybe I need to read it physically.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that feels like it should be put on school curriculums. It's a painful portrayal of racism, both in present day Sweden and a horrifying near future. The characters are put through a violent sort of forced assimilation (not that there's any kind of forced assimilation that isn't violent in and of itself) where they aren't just expected to accept racism but to partake in it as a "culture" and pretend it isn't racism at all because there's "no racism in Sweden" (a line ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
DNF. I hate giving up on a book, but I have so many others that I can't wait to get into that I'm not going to beat myself up about this one. I did enjoy parts of this, but I've been struggling for a while with it and I've tried to give it many goes, now to no avail. Sadly.
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Johannes Anyuru, born 23 March 1979, is a Swedish poet and author. His father is from Uganda and his mother is Swedish.
“[..] hennes leende gjorde ansiktet alldeles lysande, som när vinden klistrar ett löv mot fönstret och solen skiner igenom det och alla nerver och ådror syns. Yani, hennes själ syntes. (s. 81)” 1 likes
“I Abu Ghraib, och kanske också i al-Mima, tvingades offret att delta i framställandet av just den bild som gjorde våldet möjligt. Blicken var en nödvändig del av både tortyren och terrorattackerna. Min blick. Jag slöt ögonen, hårt.

Ett krig där blicken, den ömmaste beröring vi förmådde, hade blivit ett vapen.”
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