"Överklasspreppers in Jacob Hirdwalls debut"
"the Earth's destruction should be equal but even the apocalypse is a klassfråga. Framtidsforskaren Douglas Roushkof has a fascinating feature article described how the financial elites are preparing to survive doomsday. "
"They are plagued by questions such as ”how do I pay for my security detail when money become worthless?” (SvD Näringsliv, 27 oct 2018). "
"the Playwright and the director, Jacob Hirdwall portrays överklasspreppers in his début Picnic at the end of the road. The economic, scientific and political elite performs a death dance. "
"Warnings silenced in the face of the lower classes while the authorities are buying up water rights and build the impregnable shelters."
"the Title is a play on the brothers Strugatskijs science fiction classic Picnic by the roadside. Nature can be animated and possess their own twisted sense of humor – you go over its limits will be punished by an irreversible transformation."
"I feel a flicker of anticipation when I liberate the book from its rigid postkartong. Gray glossy covers with a sinister black swirl and a naked, tattooed man who is hiding his face, seemingly the face of the inevitable."
"Science fiction is a genre that is able to beat up all the mental window wide open. It invites you to imagine the oföreställbara. It gives an escape route from everything that limits our human life: the body, the room, the time."
"But the expectations are besvikelsens mother."
"The extremely talented and experienced playwright Hirdwall can't quite transition from dramatic text to fiction. The form is promising, and quite feasible. Fragmentary internal monologues are interspersed with choruses of disembodied voices. It ought to work. "
"Just to take a sci-fi novel out of the pile, let us say Tellurien by Vladimir Sorokin. The same theme: the unreasonable response on the unheeded prophecies. Fractured chronology, a myriad of voices, not always obvious but breathtaking, powerful, moving."
"Hirdwalls story will not even come up in the treans gear."
"Banal parables and trivial argues prevents Picnic at the end of the road from to develop their potential, which is in the author's uninhibited, explosive imagination. Manshatande ödesgudinnor from an oil platform that offers therapy to men with sexual problems of attitude is just a spread worth it to go to the end of the world."
"the Picnic at the end of the road"