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Elisabeth Rynell: To Mervas

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To Mervas
Elisabeth Rynell
Archipelago Books
ISBN 978-0-9800330-5-2
May 2010
$15.00 in Canada


Short-listed for Sweden’s August Prize, Rynell’s To Mervas is a vivid exploration of both external and internal wilderness. Marta, a middle-aged woman who has withdrawn almost completely into herself, is jolted back into contact with the world by a letter from her once great love. Physical and emotional abuse, longing and loss, and the nature of love and redemption are explored with remarkable empathy and a visceral lyricism in Rynell’s wrenching novel.

Written by Thomas

2009-09-14 at 17:58