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BURNN ALL MY LETTERS (working title)

Alex Schulman

  • Original Title: BRÄNN ALLA MINA BREV
  • Publication date: November 2018
  • Publisher: BOOKMARK SE
  • Country: SE
  • 275 print pages
  • Drama

Information

  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: Sweden
  • Themes: FAMILY, Couple, Marriage, Separation, Divorce, Family secrets, Adultery, PEOPLE facing life, Life choice, Looking back on one's life, Search for the truth, Moral dilemma, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Revenge, Survival, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Intolerance, LOVE / HATE, Passion, Destruction, Perversion, Hate, Love triangle

Pitch

Alex Schulman goes back through his family’s history and what he finds: a story of a secret love affair, a dramatic love triangle and an attempted murder, that has impacted a family for generations.

Comments

"This is at once a gripping love story and an intricate literary thriller."

The book became a runaway bestseller and despite being published in November 2018, was one of the most sold books in Sweden that year.

Alex Schulman is a writer and journalist who produces one of Sweden’s most-loved weekly podcasts, Alex & Sigge. His book FORGET ME was named Sweden’s Book of the Year in 2017.

Summary

The summer of 1932 has just begun when twenty-four year-old Karin falls hopelessly in love with a young writer named Olof. But there is one problem: Karin is married to Sven, a blustering high-profile author with a cruel streak. Will she be able to leave her husband and start a new life with her newfound love?

Eighty-six years and two generations later, Alex Schulman, author and father of three, wonders why he carries such a deep rage inside of him; a rage that puts fear in the eyes of his children and creates a gulf between himself and his wife. During a session with his therapist, Alex realizes his anger can be traced back to a single person: his grandfather Sven. Terrified of becoming like his grandfather, and with the hope of ending the lineage of rage that appears like a family curse, Alex goes looking for answers. In doing so, he uncovers the story of two star-crossed lovers and the history they made.


  1. Karin is growing increasingly estranged from her husband Sven Stolpe, who is an elevated writer and a prominent cultural figure with respect and influence. Sven is deeply religious and when he learns that Karin aborted another man’s child, conceived prior to their meeting, he grows livid. What is this moral failure? Soon Sven can no longer control the resentment he feels toward Karin and she finds herself forced to live with a violent tyrant whom she grows to fear. When she meets the young and exuberant Olof, Karin loses herself in a dream of what mutual love and respect could hold – little knowing that her life is on the line. In his search in the present, Alex learns about the passionate affair his grandmother Karin had with Olof



Lagercrantz – who would later become one of the most famous writers of his generation. Their secret love story takes Alex back to a pivotal moment in his childhood: in the winter of 1988, during an innocent game at his grandparents’ house, he uncovered a pile of letters that sent shockwaves through the household. Did the love between Karin and Olof not end in 1932 as Sven had long believed? And what really happened in the horrible car accident that nearly cost Karin and Sven their lives?

Throbbing with raw emotion, BURNN ALL MY LETTERS is a novel about what could have been – but also about life as it came to pass. Through three separate timelines woven together with singular sophistication, Alex Schulman traces a rage inherited through generations while exposing the violent potential of male power. By uncovering a secret affair, Schulman discovers the reason behind a public feud spanning decades between two literary greats, while also laying bare the fundamental power – and limitation – of love.

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  • Author’s biography

    Alex Schulman is a writer and journalist who produces one of Sweden’s most-loved weekly podcasts, Alex & Sigge. He made his literary debut in 2009 with HURRY TO LOVE, which was dedicated to his deceased father. His third book, FORGET ME, an honest account of his relationship with his alcoholic mother, was named Sweden’s Book of the Year in 2017.
    His latest novel, BURN ALL MY LETTERS, became a runaway bestseller and despite being published in November 2018, was one of the most sold books in Sweden that year.