The Hurricane Party by Klas Ostergren

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Hanck Orn’s son is dead. When they come to the door they tell him it was a heart attack, but he knows they are lying. So he travels to the archipelago at the outermost reaches of the land to find out what really happened. He lands on an island and is met by a young woman, hair streaked with blood, raving like a lunatic. She is one of the sisters, who tell him the story of how his son died in the great hall of the Clan, the Norse gods, who were holding a party. But the festivities soon got out of hand, the guests began to argue with one another, and the mischievous shapeshifter Loki dealt a deadly blow. Set in a dystopian future that recalls Orwell and Zamyatin, Klas Östergren has weaved a dizzying story of magnificent scope and foul play. Moving from the golden halls to the depths of the underworld, it is about one man’s search for justice for his son in a world on the brink.

About Klas Ostergren

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Klas Östergren is the author of several novels, including Swedish cult classicsGentlemenandGangsters. A leading star of Sweden’s literary scene for nearly three decades, he has won countless prizes, among them Piratenpriset and the Doblougska prize from the Swedish Academy. Östergren is also an esteemed translator, playwright, and scriptwriter. His many translations include works by J. D. Salinger, the collected works of Ibsen, and numerous playwrights, such as Ted Hughes and Harold Pinter.
Published June 1, 2010 by Canongate UK. 304 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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In an impoverished post-apocalyptic future, in an unnamed northern European city, Hanck Orn makes a living refurbishing ancient typewriters, a cherished commodity in an age bereft of manufactured goods.

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