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Kerstin Ekman: God’s Mercy

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Wolfskin Trilogy 1: God’s Mercy
Kerstin Ekman
Bison Books
ISBN 978-0-8032-2458-2
July 2009 (USA)*

* Canadian price and availability (via Nebraska/Codasat/UTP) not known at this time.

9780803224582

When Hillevi, a young, inexperienced midwife, moves from the university town of Uppsala to the wilderness of Svartvattnet (Blackwater) to be with her unofficial fiancé, she is ill prepared for what awaits her. In this frigid, austere, and isolated territory, she encounters the overwhelming and unpredictable forces of nature and demoralizing poverty and ignorance while also gaining access to the unfamiliar world of nomadic Sami reindeer herders. A single traumatic event, never fully confronted, has devastating and far-reaching repercussions, but Hillevi also finds unexpected warmth and love.

Incorporating elements of the jojk oral tradition of Sami culture, God’s Mercy is a thoroughly engrossing story about the capriciousness of memory, the resilience of the human psyche, and the endless wonder of the wild.

God’s Mercy is the first novel in the “Wolfskin” trilogy, which includes The Last String and Scratchcards.

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Written by Thomas

2009-02-15 at 17:47

Kerstin Ekman : Crimes au bord de l’eau

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12 ans après sa sortie initiale, il est finalement disponible en format poche :

Crimes au bord de l’eau
Kerstin Ekman
Actes Sud/Leméac, « Babel. Noir »
ISBN 978-2-7427-6794-6 (France)
ISBN 978-2-7609-2676-9 (Canada)
14 novembre 2007
19,95 $ au Canada

In English: Blackwater

9782742767946

Lauréat du Grand Prix de littérature du Conseil nordique 1994

A presque vingt ans d’intervalle, deux crimes ont été commis au bord d’un lac magnifique, tout au nord de la Suède, près de la frontière norvégienne. Coïncidence ? Malédiction ? Vengeance tardive ?

De non-dits en soupçons, l’enquête sur le crime initial – deux jeunes touristes sauvagement assassinés dans leur tente par une belle nuit de la Saint-Jean – a piétiné pendant dix-huit ans, énigme irrésolue dont le mystère attirait les touristes…

Adeptes d’un culte paganiste, braconniers, membres d’une communauté, travailleurs forestiers, frères ennemis d’une même famille… les habitants de la région qui devrait être tranquille sont tous de fervents amateurs de nature. Simples témoins ou parfaits suspects, ils sont, à leurs heures, des promeneurs au bord de l’eau…

Construit sur le mode du thriller, Crimes au bord de l’eau est avant tout un roman très charnel qui met en scène des individus et un milieu. Ce milieu, c’est la nature dont Kerstin Ekman, comme dans Les Brigands de la forêt de Skule, célèbre passionnément la magie et la sensualité. Bruissante, froide ou brûlante, la forêt est ici un véritable théâtre où s’érotisent d’inquiétantes rencontres, où s’obscurcissent les identités et les comportements, l’antique labyrinthe où se perd la logique des enquêtes…

Kerstin Ekman: Blackwater

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An oldie but a goodie:

Blackwater
Kerstin Ekman

Vintage
ISBN 978-0-09-952121-1
28 May 1996
$21.95 in Canada

Picador
ISBN 978-0-312-15247-5
15 December 1996
$18.00 in Canada

En français : Crimes au bord de l’eau

97800995212119780312152475

Winner of the 1994 Nordic Council Literature Prize

Midsummer eve, 1974, in the far north of Sweden. Annie Raft arrives with her six-year-old daughter in a small town called Blackwater to join her lover Dan on a commune. But Dan is not there to meet them. Panicking, Annie treks into the wilderness to find the commune, in the strange, hovering light of midsummer night. By the river, she finds a tent; and inside it two bodies hideously murdered – stabbed so violently that the feathers from their sleeping bag scatter the ground. Many years later, Annie has settled in the region, and Mia, her daughter has grown up. Early one morning glimpses Mia in the arms of the man she believes responsible for the murders. The seemingly inexplicable crime, long buried, is forced to come to its own dark and unexpected conclusion.

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On Midsummer’s Eve, 1974, Annie Raft arrives with her daughter Mia in the remote Swedish village of Blackwater to join her lover Dan on a nearby commune. On her journey through the deep forest, she sumbles upon the site of a grisly double murder–a crime that will remain unsolved for nearly twenty years, until the day Annie sees her grown daughter in the arms of one man she glimpsed in the forest that eerie midsummer night.

Like Gorky Park and Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Blackwater is a unique trhiller in which the hearts and minds of the characters are as strikingly compelling as the exotic northern landscape that envelops them.

Written by Thomas

2009-02-15 at 17:19