Blackwater: A Novel [Kerstin Ekman, Joan Tate] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. On Midsummer’s Eve, , Annie Raft arrives with her. Blackwater is a novel by the Swedish writer Kerstin Ekman. It received the August Prize in and the Nordic Council Literature Prize in It also won . Now it’s time for a classic from an extremely notable author from Sweden: Kerstin Ekman, the Swedish crime novelist and the author of a string.

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The heart was pumping. When Annie spots a tent she decides to go and ask for assistance only to find the bodies of a young man and woman brutally stabbed to death. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

Swedish Writer to kerstun 6 Mar 31, On Midsummer’s Eve,Annie Raft arrives with her kersstin Mia in the remote Swedish village of Blackwater to join her lover Dan on a nearby commune. She is very descriptive in her writing but also very enigmatic. The daily mantra of cooperation and openness is undercut by an obvious artificiality which denies natural emotions of like, dislike, unspoken hostility, jealousy and most important, secrecy.

Mounting tension, would be the short answer.

Under the North Star 3: The descriptions of the forests lakes and mountains are outstanding. I really enjoyed this crime novel. She telephones her friend and lover, local doctor Birger Torbjornsson to tell him what she has seen and later discovers that the man she saw is Johan Brandberg, the youngest son of a local family.

Samis have moved on and are now making a business out of tourism. Retrieved from ” https: He was sentenced for eight of the murders, with the same prosecutor and a biased psychotherapist. Sista rompan Vargskinnet, 2 4. Popular Music from Vittula — Mikael Niemi The ideals of the commune are constraining rituals, just as the conventions of regular society. There was nothing wrong with it, he knew. Also, until much later in the book, there weren’t any characters I liked!


It’s hard to know if this is a shortcoming of the author or the translator. This, of course, arouses our curiosity. Aug 23, Oliver rated it it was amazing.

If anyone wants to read something breaking most writing rules, this is the right book. I’d read about Kerstin Ekman in an article on “Nordic Nor”, so was expecting another Wallender style police procedural.

Topics Mentioning This Author. The lake looked peculiar, oily in the stillness, as if the water were sticky. She encounters Johan briefly in the forest and 20 years later seems to recognize him as the man dropping her daughter off late one night. The identity of the young woman is soon established, but nobody keerstin figure out why she was killed, who did it or who her murdered companion was.

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BLACKWATER by Kerstin Ekman | Kirkus Reviews

Kerstin Lillemor Ekman is a Swedish novelist. The Bottoms Joe R. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Ekman gets deep into the characters’ lives and souls, and unflinching, tells the sto Amazing book – intricate, delicate mystery that unfolds over a year period. As Americans, we might equate this to the Native Americans’ spiritual views toward the land and the earth.

Does anything EVER happen? I found myself skipping passages that were overly descriptive–probably a more “literary” reader would appreciate these much more than I did. An interesting essay about the role of landscape in the author’s novels.

Through Annie Raft, Birger Torbjornsson and Johan Brandberg the reader is transported back to Midsummer’s Evewhen Annie and her daughter, then 6 years old, arrived by bus in remote Blackwater where they are to move into a commune with Annie’s lover, Dan Ulander.


Readers might also simply want to add the name of the main character at the beginning of each new chapter. The natural wor Oh what a surprise this novel turned out to be.


The natural blackwayer seems at turns hostile, then welcoming. At times I thought the writing beautiful. It is the younger generation that reluctantly takes on the task of discovering the terrible truth. The Scandinavian people before the Christianisation of Scandinavia ekmaj deeply entrenched in the Norse sagas and to this day, particularly in the North, this pagan aspect in their gene pool remains an integral part of Sweden’s national character – in particular where it concerns nature.

Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Last day to vote will be Saturday, March 8. Add information 3 15 Jan 09, I had two copies of this book and decided to read the Dutch version. Only later do we learn of a significant event and the connection to Birger’s own emotional withdrawal. Ekman explores an entire society: She starts out her chapters with “he” or “she” and it is only later into the page or pages you know which character she is referring to. This is a very long book the page-count’s misleading, because of small print and narrow marginsand I spent half the time I was reading it thinking it was a masterpiece and the other half being impatient with it because of the seemingly interminable digressions.

The American Girl — Monika Fagerholm No, this is a novel that happens to have a crime as its central theme, but that for me worked as a deeply moving story about the emman and relationships of a number of characters, most of them people, but nature and weather definitely also among the main cast. I thought at this point things would begin to come together — nope.