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Lina Wolff

Autor(a) de The Polyglot Lovers

11+ Works 361 Membros 4 Reviews 1 Favorited

Obras de Lina Wolff

The Polyglot Lovers (2016) 148 cópias, 2 resenhas
Carnality (2019) 99 cópias, 1 resenha
Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs (2012) 68 cópias, 1 resenha
Many People Die Like You (2020) 19 cópias
Granta #1: Gränser (2013) 10 cópias
Djävulsgreppet (2022) 9 cópias
The Devil's Grip: A Novel (2024) 4 cópias
Ljubavnici poligloti 1 exemplar(es)
Das neue Herz (2021) 1 exemplar(es)
La prise du diable (2024) 1 exemplar(es)
Duivelsgreep (2024) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Granta 124: Travel (2013) — Contribuinte — 94 cópias, 2 resenhas
Stockholm Noir (2016) — Contribuinte — 44 cópias, 12 resenhas
Best European Fiction 2019 (2018) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Lund, Sweden
Locais de residência
Skåne, Sweden



When I began "Carnality," I thought I know what I was in for. Its language is spare and direct. Its plot involves a Swedish academic who travels to Madrid and has the sort of chance meetings with strangers that only seem to happen in novels. I figured that "Carnality" was going to be one of those abstract, unadorned, cerebral pan-European novels that read pretty easily but don't leave much of an impression when you're through with them.

But this is something different. While the novel's language doesn't really get any fancier, the book slowly opens up and becomes more involving. After a character -- a dwarfish Spanish nun with a missing digit -- who seems, at first, to have been introduced solely to lend the book an element of horror tells her story, the novel deepens into something genuinely moving. It isn't that "Carnality" isn't a philosophical novel -- we meet evil here in several guises, ranging from real-deal fascism to misplaced lust to greed to a simple lack of care. The way the author frames these characters' stories make their stories seem genuinely vital, more than just pieces being moved around some sort of moral game board.

I also rather enjoyed the way the author speculated about the evolution of evil in this novel. It isn't necessarily surprising to come across the echoes of a fascist past when reading a novel set in Spain, particularly when one of the characters involved runs a butcher shop. But it was interesting to see that this was contrasted with a sort of online event that aspires to pass judgment on weighty moral matters. Wolff seems to want to capture the widest possible spectrum of human moral action, and there were times when I was reading this one where I thought that she did this quite well. The overall message that this novel is meant to impart is, perhaps unsurprisingly, more difficult to discern. Some questions about what's real and what can be chalked up to a paranoid delusion induced by guilt are left unresolved. The aforementioned nun of short stature is undoubtedly a morally serious character, but her methods are, as they say, shockingly unorthodox, and readers are more or less left on their own to decide if her actions can be considered defensible or a moral perversion in themselves. The book's truly impactful last scene, which neatly pulls together our narrator's experience with that of the twisted little sister, leaves readers without a clear moral resolution. Those hoping that the plot, the book's primary motor, will be tied up neatly will also likely be disappointed. But this novel is still recommendable, and still much more than it seemed to be in its first few pages. Its readership on LibraryThing is limited, at the time of this writing, to the mid-two digits. I think that "Carnality" deserves a wider audience.
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TheAmpersand | May 30, 2023 |
OK Scandiangst novel about a novel that gets written, then burned, and the people involved in its creation and destruction. I'm not sure what the point was. The characters were compelling though pretty unlikable all around.
1 vote
bostonbibliophile | 1 outra resenha | Apr 1, 2019 |
En roman i tre delar med tre olika karaktärer där huvudpersonerna ändå har en gemensam beröringspunkt. Det är en stark berättelse med ett feministiskt förhållningssätt men som visar att många män är riktiga rötägg. Lina Wolff lyckas dock med konststycket att visa både männen som egocentriska skitstövlar men också kvinnornas brister. Det är lättläst samtidigt som det är både filosofiskt. mångfacetterat och tänkvärt. En bok som man kanske borde läsa en gång till....
Mats_Sigfridsson | 1 outra resenha | Jul 25, 2018 |
Jag valde boken utifrån omslag och titel. Tycker om upplägget i novellform med olika berättarperspektiv med en person som håller ihop berättelsen. Språket är mustigt och rått men med stor känsla för karaktärerna. Omslaget och titeln får sin förklaring i början och slutet av romanen.
pettersson | Sep 11, 2014 |


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