Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Beckomberga, Ode Till Min Familj - Sara Stridsberg

The title 'Beckomberga' refers to a mental hospital situated in the Stockholm suburb of that name, where the main character's father spends a portion of her childhood.

Using a state institution as a metonymy for a family is rather a bold move, but it works!
Stridsberg's ode to her family is poignant yet sober; ambitious in a restrained, noncommittal way. 

It's social realism and poetry in a singular combination.

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