Oneiron

Pages: 368
Subject: Fiction, Translated Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

Oneiron

Laura Lindstedt

Translated by Owen Witesman
The international bestseller from Finlandia Prize winner Laura Lindstedt
Hardback
9781786072597 (1 Mar 2018)
RRP £14.99 / US$26.99

The Book

ONEIRON /ó.ne:.ron/ noun, dream

Origin: Ancient Greek

Seven women meet in a white, undefined space seconds after their deaths. Time, as we understand it, has ceased to exist, and all bodily sensations seem to have disappeared. None of the women can remember what happened to her, or how she got there. They don't know each other. They don't know why they are there - or where they are. In turn they try to remember, to piece together the fragments of their lives, their identities, their lost loves, and to pinpoint the moment they left their former lives behind.

Playing with genres from essay to poetry, Oneiron is an astonishing work that explores the question of what follows death and delves deep into the lives and experiences of seven unforgettable women.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction, Translated Fiction
Pages 368
Imprint Oneworld

 

About the Author

Laura Lindstedt (b. 1976) burst onto the Finnish literary scene in 2007 with her debut novel Scissors, which earned her a nomination for the Finlandia Prize, the country's most prestigious literary honour. Lindstedt's second novel Oneiron has continued Lindstedt's critical success, earning her the 2015 Finlandia Prize. She lives in Helsinki.

Owen Witesman holds a BA in Linguistics, an MA in Central Eurasian Studies (Finnish and Estonian) and a PhD in public management. He now works full-time as a literary translator and has translated a number of novels from Finnish into English. He lives in Utah, USA.

Reviews

'Oneiron is literally a fabulous work. A triumph of the art of the novel.'

- Dagbladet, Norway

'Oneiron seems to rise effortlessly to the best of international literature.'

- Finlandia Prize Jury

‘A spectacular novel about life after death...Laura Lindstedt embodies with breathtaking imagination the idea that we are all equal in the face of death...[weaving] her unlikely story with the finest of writers' hands.'

- Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden)

'Oneiron is ambitious and lush...a vital, critically-acclaimed novel.'

- Stavanger Aftenblad (Norway)

'A prize-worthy, magnificent meditation on the afterlife with a suggestive warmth and forgiveness towards death in this frank portrait of seven women told with humour and a strong desire for storytelling.'

- Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)

'On an international scale this is an exceptionally bright pearl of high literature - a novel that is close to perfect.'

- Aamulehti (Finland)

'Powerful...fresh and inventive.'

- Klassekampen (Norway)

'[Lindstedt's language] is powerful: the sprawling narrative flows masterfully smoothly.'

- Savon Sanomat (Finland)

'Oneiron is a shameless, touching and absurd approach to the state we know little about, the space, the transition, the moment when we hover between life and death.'

- Torborg Igland, Fædrelandsvennen (Norway)

'Lindstedt uses the tools of literature to form a work of art with its own rules; one can only admire her execution and her ability to depict our world to a startling effect.'

- Helsingin Sanomat (Finland)

'Oneiron is a deeply fascinating book and one of the best I've read for a very long time.'

- Litteratursiden (Denmark)

'An overwhelming novel.'

- Anne Cathrine Straume, NRK (Norway)

'There's nothing predictable in Laura Lindstedt's elegant and in every way skillful analysis of humanity.'

- Turun Sanomat (Finland)

'A visionary book.'


- Marie Claire Italia

'Fascinating and original in its reflection on life and death...[and] realistic in its analysis of power and powerlessness.'

- Vigdis Moe Skarstein, Fædrelandsvennen (Norway)

'Laura Lindstedt's construction is, specifically, about death. In this way, Dante Alighieri and Marcel Proust are subtly invoked.'




- il Giornale (Italy)

'Oneiron is about death. It comes with interesting suggestions of how it is "on the other side," but actually sheds more light on the various power structures on our side.'

- Dagsavisen (Norway)

'There is something therapeutic - if not, relieving - in reading Oneiron; like surrendering to a trust exercise.'

- Politiken (Denmark)

'Oneiron is touching, with its direct language, and in its multi-faceted and concrete approach to what life can be. The way in which Lindstedt portrays the biographies of the women in words, enriches the theme of life, the body, and art in a grotesque but also refreshing way.'

- Ingeborg Urke Myklebust, Mellom (Norway)

‘Magnificent...The novel has been nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize 2017 and is more than worthy of the prize.'

- Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)