In both their language and their perplexing premises, Tidbeck's stories float on a plane of existence oddly parallel to our own. Some are rooted in Scandinavian history, others in day-to-day life, but they all bend to the same authoritative strangeness once a young man falls in love with an airship, an alien creature is found on the balcony, or an aunt grows so fat she produces a smaller version of herself. Tidbeck is less concerned with the empirical nitty-gritty of sci-fi than with the feelings that such fantastic situations evoke. These understated stories are sure to please fans caught in the new flurry of soft science fiction. -Tony— From Spring Booknotes 2018
An award-winning debut story collection by Karin Tidbeck, author of Amatka and heir to Borges, Le Guin, and Lovecraft. A child is born in a tin can. A switchboard operator finds himself in hell. Three corpulent women float somewhere beyond time. Welcome to the weird world of Karin Tidbeck, the visionary Swedish author of literary sci-fi, speculative fiction, and mind-bending fantasy who has captivated readers around the world. Originally published by the tiny press Cheeky Frawg--the passion project of Ann and Jeff VanderMeer--Jagannath has been celebrated by readers and critics alike, with rave reviews from major outlets and support from lauded peers like China Mi ville and even Ursula K. Le Guin herself. These are stories in which fairies haunt quiet towns, and an immortal being discovers the nature of time--stories in which anything is possible.
About the Author
Karin Tidbeck is originally from Stockholm, Sweden. She lives and works in Malmö as a freelance writer, translator, and creative writing teacher, and writes fiction in Swedish and English. She debuted in 2010 with the Swedish short story collection Vem är Arvid Pekon? Her English debut, the 2012 collection Jagannath, was awarded the Crawford Award 2013 and shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award. She is the author of the novel Amatka.