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Snow /
Ellen Matson ; translated from the Swedish by Sarah Death.
imprint
London : J. Cape, c2005.
description
182 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0224072668 (alk. paper)
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imprint
London : J. Cape, c2005.
isbn
0224072668 (alk. paper)
general note
Originally published: Stockholm : A. Bonniers, 2001.
catalogue key
5435752
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, GBR, 2006 : Nominated
Summaries
Main Description
'The sky was now a block of darkness, punctured only by driving snow. The stars had gone out, the king was dead. And the wound on his arm refused to heal.' So begins Snow, the first novel by Ellen Mattson to be published in Britain - a brilliant exploration of an individual's codes of ethics and honour in the face of political and social collapse. The man is Jakob Torn, a small-town apothecary, stumbling drunkenly through the streets, a refugee from his own home, carrying a deep stab-wound inflicted by his wife. He does not understand what brought on this sudden violence, any more than he can come to terms with the death, in battle, of his king. When the town begins to fill with the starving, frostbitten remnants of the defeated army, and Jakob is conscripted into helping to embalm the king's body, all his certainties are called into question.Though set in 1718 in the west coast of Sweden, Snow is a profoundly modern and universal novel, interested less in the real-life historical drama that forms the backdrop than in the emotional and moral dilemma of Jakob Torn - a simple, loyal, honourable man who finds himself the damaged centre of a collapsing world.
Main Description
Snowis a brilliant exploration of an individual's codes of ethics and honor in the face of political and social collapse. Jakob Torn stumbles drunkenly through the streets, a refugee from his own home, carrying a deep stab-wound inflicted by his wife. He does not understand what brought on this sudden violence, any more than he can come to terms with the death, in battle, of his king. When the town begins to fill with the starving, frostbitten remnants of the defeated army, and Jakob is conscripted into helping to embalm the king's body, all his certainties are called into question. Though set in 1718 in the west coast of Sweden,Snowis a profoundly modern and universal novel, interested less in the real-life historical drama that forms the backdrop than in the emotional and moral dilemma of Jakob Torn - a simple, loyal, honourable man who finds himself the damaged centre of a collapsing world.
Main Description
Snow is a brilliant exploration of an individual's codes of ethics and honor in the face of political and social collapse. Jakob Torn stumbles drunkenly through the streets, a refugee from his own home, carrying a deep stab-wound inflicted by his wife. He does not understand what brought on this sudden violence, any more than he can come to terms with the death, in battle, of his king. When the town begins to fill with the starving, frostbitten remnants of the defeated army, and Jakob is conscripted into helping to embalm the king's body, all his certainties are called into question. Though set in 1718 in the west coast of Sweden, Snow is a profoundly modern and universal novel, interested less in the real-life historical drama that forms the backdrop than in the emotional and moral dilemma of Jakob Torn - a simple, loyal, honourable man who finds himself the damaged centre of a collapsing world.
Main Description
From a promising young Swedish writer, a profoundly modern and universal novel set in 1718 in which the historical backdrop takes second place to the emotional and moral dilemma of a simple, loyal man who finds himself at the centre of a collapsing world.
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Jakob Törn is a small-town apothecary, stumbling drunkenly through the streets, unable to comprehend the stab-wound inflicted on him by his wife as well as the death, in battle, of his king. But when he is conscripted into helping embalm the king's body, all his certainties are called into question.

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