Sunday, August 21, 2016

Pottungen - Anna Laestadius Larsson

In 1792, the assassination of Swedish monarch Gustav III, a.k.a the Theatre King, was followed by the plotting and scheming usually caused by the sudden demise of a ruler and an heir too young to reign. 

Laestadius's novel (number two in a trilogy) follows three women, two at court and one among the lesser people = New Social History galore.

The Enlightenment is a sadly under-used period in literature, it seems to me. 
At any rate, it is definitely not my personal favourite, though that may well be due to a lack of taste in all that hideous rococo furniture, patronizing literature and art of the period.
And yet, this was an interesting read; the French revolutionary ideas made their way up north, and wreaked havoc in the void brought about by the King's death. 

Laestadius is a devoted feminist, bless her, which certainly does the book no harm.
She is also a hardworking journalist, and as such has conducted some painstaking research before writing.

As a bonus, her writing style is more elegant and less straight to the point than most journalists'. 
Good one, though no Nobel Prize material.

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