Carola Hansson awarded the Selma Lagerlöf Prize 2018

On August 11th, author Carola Hansson will be awarded the Selma Lagerlof Literary Award. The prize is intended as a reward for an outstanding author in Selma Lagerlöfs spirit and the prize is 100,000 SEK. The prize has previously been given to Astrid Lindgren among others.

The motivation for being awarded the prize of 2018:

“ An author that creates a world of poems where dreams become reality, where reality becomes a dream. The conditions in the world of poetry is loss; exile, it’s engine is the search for the essential that makes sense just by searching for its meaning.”

Andrey by Carola Hansson released in China

The novel Andrey by author Carola Hansson is released in China. The book is previously released in Sweden, Finland, Russia and Lithuania.

Lev Tolstoy (1828-1910) was not only a great author – he was also something of an empire. He lived in a time of immense social contradictions, wrote and commented on everything – from morality and religion to politics and social issues – and his influence was so great that one could argue that Russia had three power centers during his lifetime: the Tsar, the Church and Tolstoy himself.

When, for various reasons, Carola Hansson began to immerse herself in his work and in the documentary material surrounding his person (letters, diaries, eyewitness sources and biographies of all kinds), she was not only struck by the contradiction of his person and of the deepness he was disturbed by in the conflict between ideal and reality, between the ascetic Christian socialism he preached and the life he lived as an estate and landowner – but also to the extent to which Tolstoj’s family seemed to live in a strange borderland between life and poems. Tolstoy was not just a writer who gained inspiration from life around him; He also seems to have ruled and shaped his life with the written word – in the most prophetic way. The fact that the author chose to write about his son Andrej was due, among other things, to him being the black sheep of the family; the strongest and perhaps most self-destructive sought to oppose the father’s power and ideas. Unlike the other family, he did not write diary.

The novel begins in 1904. On a train heading east through Russia against Manchurite. Andrej is voluntarily on his way out in the Russian-Japanese war. He feels compelled to fulfill the threatening prophecy about his future as the father has written in the drama `The Living Body ‘- a sedictory story that ends with his alter ego, the immoral Fedja, fulfilling the duty to take his life. The journey through the vast landscape wakes Andrejs’s memories to life. Memories of childhood, of the ever-endangered upper class life in Moscow and on the estate Jasnaya Polyana and, not least, of his conflicted relationship with the father.

The novel Andrey was nominated for the August Prize and was awarded the Lundequistska Bookstore Literature Prize, the Torgny Segerstedt Prize, the Swedish Radio’s Great Novel Prize and a later Swedish Academy’s Signe Ekbladh-Eldh’s Prize.

 

Converations with Women in Moscow by Carola Hansson to be published in Germany

The cultbook, Conversations with Women in Moscow (Unerlaubte Gespräche mit Moscauer Frauen) by author Carola Hansson and Karin Liden will be published in Germany.

In spring 1978, Karin Lidén and Carola Hansson traveled to Moscow to interview a number of Soviet women about the conditions of the Soviet Union. They met the women through private contacts, not officially. They talked to them in Russian and recorded interviews on bands later smuggled out of the country.

Thirteen of these conversations are reported in the Conversation with Women in Moscow book. What especially interested them was how the women themselves saw their conditions. Were they aware and discussed their situation? What did they see as problems and what solutions did they think there was, if any? Was there any wish to break the invasive gender role pattern? And how did they find themselves in their dual roles?

They were surprised at how freely the women they met told about their lives, about living in the Soviet, about work, marriage, politics, sex… It was no bright picture they met, “it’s awful when the woman speaks. Then it’s the reality that speaks, then the real pain comes forth “, as one of the interviewed formulations.

Conversations with women in Moscow is previously published in USA, United Kingdom and in Japan.

The two Gardens by Carola Hansson sold to Germany

The novel The two Gardens (Der Schatten den Leoparden) by author Carola Hansson is sold to Germany.

The two Gardens is Carola’s fourth novel. During the work of the three earlier, she had slowly begun to realize how strongly her perception of reality is characterized by the contrast between light and darkness. Between dazzling, life-giving light and creativity, mysterious darkness – but also between two forms of death: imagination and chaos.

The main character in the novel is a Swedish botanist, Viktor – a person with many problems, as much a dreamer as a realist.

Viktor travels to Central America where he meets his friend Leonard who settled down in the rainforest to turn it into the national park. While Viktor moves through the tropical landscape, he makes another journey in time, back to the day in Helsinki when he first met the woman who would be his wife. Actually, the whole journey about love between them deals and is deeper a journey in memory that forces Viktor to face his own inner contradictions.