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The Chosen Ones

The Chosen Ones

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ISBN
9780571288472
Published
02/02/2017
9780571288472
Format
Paperback
Price
£8.99
Paperback
576

About the Book

Winner of the Prix Médicis Étranger

The Am Spiegelgrund clinic, in glittering Vienna, masqueraded as a reform school for wayward boys and girls and a home for chronically ill children. The reality however, was very different. Through the eyes of a child inmate, and a nurse, Steve Sem-Sandberg explores the very meaning of survival. This extraordinary novel offers invaluable and compelling insight on an intolerable chapter of Austria’s past.

Winner of the Prix Médicis Étranger The Am Spiegelgrund clinic, in glittering Vienna, masqueraded as a reform school for wayward boys and girls and a home for chronically ill children. The reality however, was very different. Through the eyes of a child inmate, and a nurse, Steve Sem-Sandberg explores the very meaning of survival. This extraordinary novel offers invaluable and compelling insight on an intolerable chapter of Austria’s past.
  • Steve Sem-Sandberg

    Steve Sem-Sandberg was born in 1958. He divides his time between Vienna and Stockholm.

“You don’t so much read Sem-Sandberg as stand in the fiery wind of his prose . . . There is something here of Samuel Beckett’s trilogy – nothing is too small to shine an unwavering light on . . . The Chosen Ones is the logical outlay of a worst-case scenario of the human soul. It is not a book that can be read for “delight”, though it features beautiful sentences, and when Sem-Sandberg describes landscape and weather he has the sudden generosity of a poet. But he is also the ambassador of the unwanted child everywhere, then and now, and that is a rarer profession even than poet . . . Some novels are described as dark, in order to alert the reader. But this novel, translated into English by Anna Paterson, is as bright as a cloudless June sky under which, behind walls and doors, we go about our inexplicable human business.”
- Sebastian Barry, Guardian
“An extraordinary, harrowing story ... a novel that might often be hard to read but has a rare and raw power”
- Sunday Times

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