“At a first glance, one would think that my writing is just a mean
to investigate certain cases or processes in the past. For example, how was it possible for foreign delegations to travel through the Cambodian genocide without seeing it (Pol Pot’s Smile)? Or, how small a decision can set a society on the road to disaster (Song for an Approaching Storm)? But that is just part of it, not even the most important part.
What intrigues me is to create literary worlds, for the curious reader to enter. And when you have entered you might encounter an answer to the initial questions. Or something that looks like an answer. It might just as well reveal a new set of questions and in the end this literary world turns into a hall of mirrors, where the reader will meet his own peering glance everywhere he turns and the investigator consequently becomes the investigated.”
Peter Fröberg Idling (b. 1972) debuted in 2006 with Pol Pot’s Smile. The novel Song for an Approaching Storm was published in August 2012. He has also appeared in the anthologies Reaction (2002), Random (2008) and Violence in Everyday Life (2008) and in the first issue of Swedish Granta (2013). He is a literary critic for Dagens Nyheter and Magasinet VI, and was the editor of the Atlas Literary Supplement 2008 and culture editor at Magasinet VI from 2008 to 2009 and from 2010 to 2011.
The August Prize for fiction (Shortlisted) 2012
Recipient of the Johan Hansson Award (Natur & Kultur) 2012
The Kapuscinski Prize (Shortlisted) Poland, 2011
The Jan Michalski Prize for Literature (Shortlisted) Switzerland, 2011
Dagens Nyheter’s Culture Prize (Shortlisted) 2007