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IN MEMORY OF AN UNCONDITIONAL LOVE (working title)

Jonas Gardell

  • Original Title: TILL MINNE AV EN VILLKORSLÖS KÄRLEK
  • Publication date: August 2018
  • Publisher: NORSTEDTS FORLAGSGRUPP
  • Country: SE
  • 552 print pages
  • Factual/Memoirs

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  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: Sweden
  • Themes: FAMILY, Childhood, Maternity, Filiation, Mourning, Homosexuality, PEOPLE facing life, Coming of age, Looking back on one's life, Old age, Death, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Poverty, Modernization, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character, Minorities

Pitch

This is a fictional account of Jonas Gardell's life. Gardell is a well known comedian and writer who reflects on his extraordinary mother, a headstrong lady who marched to her own drum beat, and their bond.

Comments

Translation rights sold: Denmark, Finland, Norway

The book became 2018’s most sold work of fiction in Sweden - after just 4 months in stores.

Shortlisted for the 2019 Book of the Year Award in Sweden
Shortlisted for the 2018 Storytel Awards (Best Fiction) in Sweden

Jonas Gardell (born 1963) is a Swedish novelist, playwright, screenwriter and comedian, well known for his books and plays in all of Scandinavia. His novels include EN KOMIKERS UPPVÄXT (A Comedian Growing Up), which became a TV series. He has also written two screenplays that were made into movies, including LIVET ÄR EN SCHLAGER (Life Is A Schlager). His book series KÄRLEKEN (Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves), a chronicle of the most difficult years ever faced by the LGBTQ community, mesmerized all of Sweden - first as award-winning books, then as an award-winning TV series.

Summary

IN MEMORY OF AN UNCONDITIONAL LOVE is a moving and humorous depiction of childhood, but most of all it is a portrait of the unique woman who refused to make peace with inconvenient truths: Jonas’ mother, Ingegärd Rasmussen. It is partly a memoir and partly a love declaration for the universal mother figure, in this case a headstrong lady who marched to her own drum beat, and made the rest of her family march right along with her.

IN MEMORY OF AN UNCONDITIONAL LOVE introduces us to the young Gardell and his family. In the Gardell family, painful facts have a tendency to change shape, transforming into legends that - much like a skillfully executed magic trick - dazzle the eye with a prettier truth. The best teller of such legends is without a doubt Ingegärd, Jonas' mother. The eccentric Free Church-raised Ingegärd, born in the not-so-roaring Swedish twenties, is a woman surrounded by dictates of what a woman should be. The intrepid Ingegärd takes on these ideas, and indeed the world, with the fierce battle cry "I must be free!"

Ingegärd marries Bertil, man of the future, and together the two face twentieth century Sweden, a rapidly changing nation. But Ingegärd almost dies while giving birth to their youngest, Jonas. Looking down at the helpless bundle in her arms, she realizes that she must survive for the poor child’s sake. Then and there, mother and son form a pact that’s never to be broken. Not even when the rest of Ingegärd slowly disappears into the merciless fog of dementia.

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  • Author’s biography

    Jonas Gardell (born 1963) is a Swedish novelist, playwright, screenwriter and comedian, well known for his books and plays in all of Scandinavia. His novels include EN KOMIKERS UPPVÄXT (A Comedian Growing Up), which became a TV series. He has also written two screenplays that were made into movies, including LIVET ÄR EN SCHLAGER (Life Is A Schlager). His book series KÄRLEKEN (Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves), a chronicle of the most difficult years ever faced by the LGBTQ community, mesmerized all of Sweden - first as award-winning books, then as an award-winning TV series.