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The Last String

Fiction Kerstin Ekman
Translated from the Swedish by Linda Schenck

There were so many staring faces out there. Women are the worst, she thought. Why is that so? What did we do wrong? But she knew.

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Kerstin Ekman is one of Sweden’s most acclaimed contemporary authors. Her novels translated into English include Blackwater (Doubleday), Under the Snow (Doubleday), The Dog (Sphere), and The Forest of Hours (Chatto & Windus). Sista rompan (The Last string), from which the story in this issue is excerpted, is the second volume in her Wolfskin trilogy, which also includes God’s Mercy (University of Nebraska Press) and Skraplotter (Scratchcards). She was elected a member of the Swedish Academy in 1978, but left her work there in 1989 in response to the academy’s failure to take a firm stand concerning the death threats posed to Salman Rushdie. She has received many national awards such as the August Prize and the Selma Lagerlöf Prize, as well as the Nordic Council Literature Prize. She lives in Roslagen, Sweden.


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