Johanne Lykke Holm

Strega

September 8, 2022
Novel
9782925141389
978-2-9251-4138-9
Traduit du suédois par
Catherine Renaud

”foreign literature“ collection

																Johanne Lykke Holm, Strega
																Johanne Lykke Holm, Strega

Johanne Lykke Holm’s incantatory writing works like a slow irresistible poison.

Strega is a village in the mountains bordered by a black lake. Nine nineteen-year-old women ride the cable car to the Olympic Hotel. Daughters of working mothers and invisible fathers, they have been sent there by their parents to learn to become housewives, training to serve customers who never come. Time drags on, a resilient sisterhood settles like a dream in the luxury of empty rooms. Liquors and cigarettes accompany the indolence of these young rebels who live in the bright light of the hotel’s large park. Then one of them disappears. She has been murdered, they all know it, because since childhood they have known that a woman’s life can turn into a crime scene at any moment.

In an exceptional style, with a sensual dreamlike quality halfway between the world of Zelda Fitzgerald and the cinema of Sofia Coppola, Strega tells the story, full of milk and blood, of nine women struggling with an elusive evil spell.

The author

Johanne Lykke Holm is an author and translator. She teaches women’s writing at the Hekseskolen in Denmark. Strega, a finalist for the Nordic Council’s Grand Prize for Literature 2021, is her first book for The People.

Press

“A magnificent and breathtaking rise to power, a suspense fed by a writing full of erudition. [...] You must read Strega and abandon yourself. And a film adaptation would be a must!”

Expressen.

“It is a real pleasure to read Johanne Lykke Holm, she has elegance and style.”

Borås Tidning.
September 8, 2022
Novel
9782925141389
978-2-9251-4138-9
Traduit du suédois par
Catherine Renaud

”foreign literature“ collection