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Strändernas svall by Eyvind Johnson
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Feb 01, 2012

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Read in February, 2009

This is, to my taste, the best novel ever written in Swedish. The language is poetical and yet the story is gripping. To add to that Johnson has made Ulysses so understandable and demythologised him in a wonderful way. He was worthy of the Nobel prize in my mind.
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Joseph Sverker I'm not sure - it was translated in the 50s, but you can find it second hand on Amazon. The novel is not necessarily bound to Swedish. I think it might translate fairly well since it deals much with timeless themes rather than being inventive in language (even though the language is brilliant).

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