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Sales sheet - Hedlund Literary Agency
“A Blazing Bull’s Eye!”
Five star review by Yukiko Duke in “Good Morning Sweden” on Swedish Television
Tomas Bannerhed
The Ravens
Published by Weyler, 414 pages
“The aspen tree and I. We who tremble
for the slightest reason.”
With increasing horror, a boy watches his father,
a farmer, despair over the circumstances. The
meager fields don’t yield enough, but the father,
despite nearly going insane from the dreary toil
on the farm, is possessed with the idea that the
son must take over and carry on the legacy. The
chain of generations of tormented small farmers must
remain intact.
The boy finds refuge with the birds. It is Sweden, it is Smaland, it is a different 1970s. Tomas
Bannerhed’s first novel is a razor-sharp depiction of a
boy’s anguish before the world and adult life.
The Ravens is a relentless and harrowing depiction of growing up.
It could be the Magnum Opus of a mature writer – but in fact it’s
the author’s debut! Great literature is being written in Sweden –
not just crime books. Håkan Nesser
FOTO © SARA MAC KEY
Tomas Bannerhed, born in
1966, grew up in Uråsa village
in the province of Smaland in
southern Sweden, and now lives
in Stockholm. His professional
background includes being a
university teacher and a magazine editor. The Ravens is his first
novel.
SWEDISH TITLE:
Korparna
CATEGORY:
Fiction/General
PUBLICATION:
2011/Spring
RIGHTS SOLD TO:
Danish/Gyldendal
Dutch/De Geus
Estonia/Hea Lugu
French/Gallimard
German/Btb
Norwegian/Gyldendal
UK World English/
Clerkenwell Press
Film Rights sold to
Studio Jens Assur
Susanne Widén
[email protected]
Mobile: +46 76-644 06 48
Box 2262 · 103 16 Stockholm · sweden
Visiting address: Tyska Brinken 19
www.hedlundagency.se
“Tomas Bannerhed’s prose is exceptionally
mature and is able to portray a bird date
so that it becomes action-packed.”
Svenska Daglabdet
“His high pitched debut demonstrates both talent and maturity, while having something epic about it, immersed
in man and his circumstances.”
Smålandsposten
“It is so deftly written, so sharp in all its daily details and the way it captures the psychological events, that it,
in my view, surpasses most of what
has been written in Swedish in recent times.”
Norra Västerbotten
“It is difficult to grasp that The Ravens
really is a first novel. This is a mature,
terrifically interesting, writer, that it
will be a pleasure to follow.”
DN
“Tomas Bannerhed’s The Ravens is
the best Swedish first novel I have
read in a long time” (…) “Bannerhed’s
prose is as compressed as free-floating, a leaden text carried upwards by
the thermals.”
Expressen
Susanne Widén
[email protected]
Mobile: +46 76-644 06 48
Box 2262 · 103 16 Stockholm · sweden
Visiting address: Tyska Brinken 19
www.hedlundagency.se

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