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The Tempest

Steve Sem-Sandberg
Translated by Anna Paterson

This haunting new novel from Steve Sem-Sandberg, one of Europe’s most celebrated writers, mesmerisingly exposes our own burdens of history.

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After many years away, Andreas returns to his childhood home: a small island off the Norwegian coast where he grew up with his sister Minna. Their foster father Johannes has just died, and he must sort through their decaying old house, the Yellow Villa.

As he settles back into rural life, Andreas begins to question the shadowy history of the island itself. Owned by Jan-Heinz Kaufmann, who had been a minister in the wartime government, the island has been a summer colony for deprived evacuee children from occupied Oslo. But decades later, Kaufmann remains an elusive figure, and the ultimate purpose of his wartime refuge – and his relationship to Andreas and Minna after their parents’ sudden disappearance – remains mysterious.

Critic Reviews

A gripping, disturbing book.

Critic Reviews

Dark and wonderfully atmospheric . . .Truly special.

Critic Reviews

With faint echoes of Shakespeare’s play, this is a dark, elegant and skillfully constructed novel which vividly evokes its unusual setting.

Mail on Sunday
Critic Reviews

Sinister mysteries thicken and swirl like the island’s mist as this densely atmospheric novel progresses.

Daily Mail

Steve Sem-Sandberg was born in 1958. He is the award-winning Swedish author of The Emperor of Lies, an international bestseller which received the August Prize. His most recent novel is The Chosen Ones, which was awarded the Prix Medicis Etranger in 2016. He divides his time between Vienna and Stockholm.

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