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May 28, 2010
| ISBN 9780981987378
Mar 22, 2011
| ISBN 9781935744245
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May 28, 2010 | ISBN 9780981987378
Mar 22, 2011 | ISBN 9781935744245
To Mervas is a turbulent journey through the wilderness of memory, domestic violence, and the vast gulf between lost lovers. After years of insulating herself from humanity in the wake of her disabled son’s death, Marta is jolted out of exile when a cryptic note arrives from Mervas, a ghost town deep in Sweden’s desolate northern wilds. The letter is from Kosti, her once-great love, shattering a silence of more than twenty years. When spring comes she sets off alone for Mervas, without any notion of who or what might await her there. Physical and emotional abuse, longing and loss, and the nature of love and redemption are explored with remarkable empathy and a visceral lyricism in Elizabeth Rynell’s stirring novel.
A wrenching tale by Swedish novelist and poet Rynell traces a woman’s personal journey through shame and violence . . . Rynell proves a fearless writer in this emotionally relentless work and finds a lyrical grace in Marta’s self-awareness. —Publishers Weekly Not a single false note rings in this sonata in minor. —Swedish Daily News Elisabeth Rynell’s language can only be described as breathtakingly beautiful. —Uppsala Daily News Rynell is one of Sweden’s most intense and intensely appreciated storytellers in prose and verse. She never wastes words. —Rika Lesser
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