A one-of-a-kind literary event

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Oneiron by Laura Lindstedt

Book Review:  4 out of 5 star rating

What is this strange place where seven women have unexpectedly appeared?  The women have no memory of what happened or how they came to this place.  The space they’re in is completely white with no apparent boundaries at all, under or around them or over them, and the women no longer have their body sensations.  They’ve never met each other until they arrived here.  Is this heaven or is it hell?  Or is it someplace in between?  Can they get back to where they came from?

What a fascinating literary event this book is!  I’ve never read anything like it.  I was riveted to the pages as each of the women tries to work out her last memories and tells her individual story.  I grew to care for each of these women:  Shlomith from New York, who turned her anorexia into an art form; Polina, an accountant from Moscow; Rosa Imaculada who had a heart transplant in Brazil, the French Nina who is expecting twins, Wlbgis from the Netherlands and her battle with throat cancer and the Austrian teenager Ulrike.

This author’s imagination knows no limits and I’m looking forward to whatever other worlds she invents in her literary future.  This book won the Finlandia Prize, which is Finland’s highest literary honor, and has sold more than 70,000 copies worldwide.  I don’t think it will be everyone’s cup of tea but if you sometimes long for a reading experience that takes you out of the usual realm of life and gets you thinking, this book is it.

Recommended.

This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.

 

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