Light by Torgny Lindgren
June 3, 2010 6 Comments
(I didn’t like the English book cover at all, so here’s the Dutch one)
Torngy Lindgren is a well-known Swedish author. Still, I have not read anything by him before. The book, Light, leaves me wanting more. I read the Dutch translation, which was written beautifully.
This is an entertaining read about a village in Sweden, at the end of the world, in a time long past. A man goes to a neighboring town to look for a wife but comes back with a rabbit, which has a pest-infected flee in its pelt.
The man becomes ill, and through him, hundreds of people in the village die, until only six are left. What happens next is chaos: people claiming the possessions of their dead neighbors, incest, grave robbery, lies, fights, and much more.
The book is written in a simple language, reflecting the simple people of the village. It’s almost a fairy tale and written in a matter-of-fact way.
If you can stand all the misery (but it’s almost comical) you’ll end the book with a smile. A quick and fun read. But why it is called Light? I have no idea.
Extra: See also my review of Hash by Torgny Lindgren