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Book review: Camilla Prell Weichl debuts with strong short stories

fortunately it has gone over, but as a kid I was often terrified. Horrified when I heard the ambulance, convinced that someone in my family lay mutilated on the

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Book review: Camilla Prell Weichl debuts with strong short stories

fortunately it has gone over, but as a kid I was often terrified. Horrified when I heard the ambulance, convinced that someone in my family lay mutilated on the road. And so on, for the one and the other. Katastroforienterad.

The feeling withdraws Camilla Prell Weichl already after a few pages in his debutsamling ”chain Reaction” with short stories, which I read with the abdominal muscles on edge.

the Author is a graphic designer and illustrator, grew up in Gothenburg and lives with his family in Norway.

of the six, ”the Hitchhiker,” has the spooky atmosphere already invaded the holiday for the small family who travel to Germany to stay a few days with a friend to the man. A project that fails immediately. When he then on the way to Berlin without checking out with his wife picks with a dirty, american hitchhiker from a gas station and the little daughter starts to talk and tell you all of the hitchhiker, and pull up the skirt and show their scars on the thigh, holding the mother, Linn, to go to pieces.

the Father driving the car sitting and eating biscuits, chews and tiger, while in the back seat going on something which may end anyway. What should she do?

linn's panic is directly transferred to me which reads. They are, she and I are close to breaking point, while the child and her father seems wholly unconcerned. Take the nothing? Break. Just stop. Throw him out!

then, When the whole situation is dissolved, the danger over, it was nothing, really nothing, I'm left with a kind of drunken relief. Pooh. And know this from a life of paniksituationer, not least during the travel.

right, but have in common the fact that what really is said between people, is a minimal part. Communication between them seems weak and unclear. So a little bit of their interaction is visible. It is all the other, all the lines that are ready-made, thoughtful, but never stated, that represents the iceberg that is visible. The large, dangerous, which lies below the surface. It is where the writer activates his text and me.

As in ”Kungsvattnet” when the good and decent girl is getting a new neighbor and classmate, Carla, and becomes bewitched by her. So smart and funny, dare anything, lying, and stealing in shops. Aj. Someone should have seen and said from.

Or in the short story ”Swish” when the toddlers mother and the personal trainer go over the limit and it all becomes a tangle of sex and black money. Fixed it, you notice not take seriously until it is too late. The author keeps to the woman's perspective, and there are ongoing mechanisms other than vision.

or my medborgerlighet who are challenged, I can't say. But she gets hold of something, which psychologically does not make it easy to read these stories.

However, it is a stylistic experience, so well-composed short stories, in a language in tight rein. There is unevenness in most collections of short stories, but overall, this is a book that is worthy of many readers.

just don't Forget to breathe.

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