The Tempest

ISBN
9780571334513
Published
21/02/2019
9780571334513
Format
Paperback
Price
£12.99
Paperback
256

About the Book

I should not have gone back to the island but did it all the same.

After many years away, Andreas returns to his childhood home on a small island off the Norwegian coast. He is there to sort through the belongings of his late foster father in their decaying old house, the Yellow Villa. But he soon finds himself overwhelmed with unexpected memories, and begins to uncover not only the shadowy history of the island, but the mysterious truth about his family's past ...

Rich in shimmering echoes from Shakespeare's play, Steve Sem-Sandberg's The Tempest is a hypnotic portrayal of the inherited guilt that seeps through generations, haunting an island overgrown with myths.

I should not have gone back to the island but did it all the same. After many years away, Andreas returns to his childhood home on a small island off the Norwegian coast. He is there to sort through the belongings of his late foster father in their decaying old house, the Yellow Villa. But he soon finds himself overwhelmed with unexpected memories, and begins to uncover not only the shadowy history of the island, but the mysterious truth about his family's past ...Rich in shimmering echoes from Shakespeare's play, Steve Sem-Sandberg's The Tempest is a hypnotic portrayal of the inherited guilt that seeps through generations, haunting an island overgrown with myths.
  • Steve Sem-Sandberg

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

“Dark and wonderfully atmospheric ... What makes The Tempest truly special is the risks that Sem-Sandberg takes with narrative conventions, the way that his prose seems to break every rule in the creative writing handbook, and yet does so joyfully, recklessly and utterly convincingly. That such stylistic complexity is rendered in a manner that feels entirely natural is testimony to the great skill of the translator, Anna Paterson ... It’s as if the book’s most significant borrowing from Shakespeare’s play is not the island setting, but rather Prospero’s total control of narrative, the omnipotence of the author-magician.”
- Alex Preston, Spectator
“Peels back layers of secrecy, evasion and guilt ... Captures the relentless, dark dream-flow of Andreas’s thoughts in simple, lucid prose ... There are echoes of Shakespeare’s play in this Tempest. But themes of forgiveness and repentance aren’t so obvious here; the lingering shadows of complicity remain dense and murky.”
- The Times

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