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Gustav Tegby

  • Original Title: BERÖRINGEN
  • Publication date: January 2019
  • Publisher: RABéN & SJöGREN
  • Country: SE
  • 405 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Thriller

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Sweden
  • Themes: FAMILY, Dysfunctional family, Paternity, PEOPLE facing life, Reinventing oneself, Coming of age, Life change, Search for the truth, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment, Death, Moral dilemma, Conspiracy, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Fanaticism, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge, CHARACTERS, Minorities

Pitch

Elin lives in isolation with her father, brought up to believe she is cursed with the ability to kill those she touches. When her father is reported to the police, Elin starts a new life for herself and begins to unravel the true purpose of her gift.

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Translation rights sold: Italy, Czech Republic

Nominated for the 2020 Norrland Literature Award, in the category “Best Children’s and YA”

Debut novel.

Gustav Tegby has worked for several years as a screenwriter and playwright. He has written more than twenty plays which have been performed in Sweden, Finland and the US and he has written several drama productions for Swedish Radio, among them the prestigious Christmas series A Winter Nightmare (Marvinter) in 2017.

Summary

Sixteen-year-old Elin has been trapped with her dad in a one room apartment her entire life. Everything she knows about the outside world she has picked up through films and on internet. And from what she has seen from the kitchen window and heard through the walls.

A normal life outside the apartment is impossible. Because Elin was born with an incredible ability. Or rather a curse: Everyone she touches die.
At least if you believe what her father says.

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  • Author’s biography

    Gustav Tegby has worked for several years as a screenwriter and playwright. He has written more than twenty plays which have been performed in Sweden, Finland and the US and he has written several drama productions for Swedish Radio, among them the prestigious Christmas series A Winter Nightmare (Marvinter) in 2017.