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Book review: With a superb feel for the young life

What is it for a system that is so magnificent that it dazzles? The title of Amanda's new novel, the fourth since his debut, promising to deliver such a system, but carefully read, it is about a tapestry in which everything is crossed and is hanging together by fragile threads.

It starts with a trillingfödsel, vips has the tu been five, a family, and the world's best security system”, but the gap is there from the beginning, infidelity, confusion and death; the three siblings from slipping far apart. Suddenly they are 26 years of age, a is the neurologists in London, gets fired from a tabloid and go to easter Island to study the world's destruction, while the third living in a stepfamily in Berlin, holidays in Västerbotten and plagued by synaesthesia, she sees colours and they hurt.

A familjeroman, therefore, that the band stretch to the limit but still keeps and pulls together again, and to live in a reality where all the system threatens to break down, but where some kind of survival, still is possible, maybe even probable.

the book of mormon took place on the writing course in the south of sweden. Here the world is infinitely greater, but not the one we started to get used to as readers of the present, with wars, refugees, boats and the Mediterranean sea as a grave. The new novel moves to the last sovereign and the with ear for tonskiftningar among young, white middle class with the word of his power, and cultural capital in your pocket.

Straightforward is it life still not. On hjärnforskningsinstitutet in London studied neurological funktionsvarianter, a patient sees only two dimensions, another can suddenly paint like the great masters, a third sees sound as color, nothing is contrived, everything is fascinating and can be read on several levels. What happens if you perceive the earth as flat? Or climate change as colors in the water and air? What distinguishes good art from not art at all? The meaning of the research remains unclear, but the pursuit of response and recovery is in progress.

with easy hand take out both the dark and light in the world young people live in today: pro-anorexia and strong friendships, drugs and fast förrunnen desire, difficult parents, and political madness, uncertainty, and beyond. This is a fun, entertaining, fast-moving novel about the life going on while we are at the brink of the escarpment and look down. Can you bear children? We dare to love? The three siblings are in doubt, give themselves over, are united and separated.

”Nothing takes ever end, but everything ends. That is why the soap opera is the only true berättarformatet, and såpbubblan the only true art object,” it says on page 509 of 552. If Amanda Svensson has wanted to write a serial where the colourful bubbles grow until they burst into the empty air, she only partly succeeded, thankfully.

the sounds she as in the soap opera the plot is driven forward by the individuals peer relationships and unlikely or random lines, as when a undergångsprofet on easter Island turns out to be related to the head of the research institute in London. And of course, there are many of såpans typical ingredients: clean and large groups where some will leave and others will to, bortbytingar, misunderstandings that lead to new misunderstandings (and section), and conspiracies that have been surpassed by the reality; but where the soap is working with the surface, flat images and are given intrigmönster, is Amanda's strength in her agile languages and in persongestaltningens depth.

Amanda Svensson (born 1987) debuted in 2008 with ”Hey Dolly”. ”A system so magnificent that it dazzles” is her fourth book. Photo: Alexandra A. Ellis

the dialogue, which Amanda Svensson writes with a sensitivity to how different personalities and emotions show themselves in the language. Here is the full range from autistic straightforwardness to anxious mendacity and it is a delight to listen to how people grow up and get deep.

to the extent Amanda Svensson describes, instead, to tell you it is always one of the fictional characters that stands for the description. Thus can a young man be said to be very, very beautiful with golden brown skin, to the silly and klichéartade is located in the love romanpersonens eye, and the love becomes like the familiar, the trivial elevated to the unique truth.

Which is the system that dazzles? Family, nature's invisible rootlets, communication systems and ultimately, the western world, so that we have long known it, that is going to go under in this novel. It does not with a bang but with an almost happy laughter.

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