Italian press for Oneiron + FILI grants for 2017

Laura Lindstedt’s critically-acclaimed, Finlandia Prize-winning novel, Oneiron, was published in Italy in late November 2016 to some wonderful reviews, and a warm reception for Laura, who visited her publishers in Rome in early December.

To launch 2017 – which will also see the Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish publications of Oneiron – Laura gave an interview to Italian literary journal, Alfabeta2, excerpted below with the latest praise pull-quotes:

”I believe that a strong, passionate book will find its audience, no matter what the genre is. Even though there are lots of cultural allusions in Oneiron, the play with genres etc., my purpose was to make the text as organic as possible. A reader doesn’t have to grasp every intertext I’ve put there.”  […]

”For me, when I write, the novel signifies a laboratory of ideas. It’s almost literally the place of thinking. As an activity, writing and reading are quite similar in this respect. They both create a specific temporality, favourable for difficult questions.”
Laura Lindstedt, as told to Marco Dotti for Alfabeta2, Italy

“A visionary book.” – Marie Claire Italia

“Laura Lindstedt’s construction is, specifically, about death. In this way, Dante Alighieri and Marcel Proust are subtly invoked.” –Daniele Abbiati, il Giornale newspaper, Italy (transl. Irene Sorrentino / Riitta Ammunet)

Publishers of Oneiron:
Original publisher: FINLAND, Teos
WORLD ENGLISH, Oneworld
BULGARIA, Faber
CZECH REPUBLIC, Argo
DENMARK, Rosinante
FRANCE, Gallimard
HUNGARY, Scolar
ITALY, Elliot Edizioni
LITHUANIA, Versus Aureus
NORWAY, Forlaget Oktober
POLAND, W.A.B. Foksal
ROMANIA, Editura Paralela 45
SWEDEN, Norstedts

Prizes & nominations:
Finlandia Prize winner 2015
Toisinkoinen Prize winner 2015
Runeberg Prize nominee 2015
Flame Bearer Prize nominee 2015

Laura Lindstedt


Laura Lindstedt (b. 1976) became a critical darling with her adoption-themed debut novel Scissors (Sakset, Teos 2007), which earned her a nomination for the Finlandia Prize, the country’s most prestigious literary honour. She is currently revising her Ph.D. thesis on French author Nathalie Sarraute. Lindstedt’s second novel Oneiron (Teos 2015) is a work of speculative fiction that takes place in the mysterious moments that follow one’s death. Oneiron has continued Lindstedt’s critical success, earning her the coveted 2015 Finlandia Prize.

Bibliography


Laura Lindstedt

Oneiron

2015, Literary


Laura Lindstedt

Scissors

2007, Literary

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