From a given starting point in the 1960s, when summers where long and The Beatles anthem for a generation, “Twist and Shout”, still echoed in people’s minds, Klas Östergrens’s new novel, in a series of unexpected twists and turns, digs its way through the decades until present day. Back then a love sprung to life, for a woman with many names. Anna. Or Ann-Marie. Or Ami.
Twist is a story about using people and being used. It’s a story about money changing hands when central Stockholm was transformed from a shabby but charming old town to a bold new city of concrete and glass fifty years ago. But if bribes are to be considered a grey area there is also a pitch black side to the deceat of this story. Step by step the narrator becomes aware of how money, in- formation and power travel in Europe after the fall of the wall between East and West at the end of the 1980s.
Nobody can escape. They’re all part of the game: unknowing, reluctant or by their own free will. Just as in a novel by Graham Greene or John Le Carré, Twist exam- ines the moral implications of a betrayal: how betrayal twists the people involved in it, whether they are the victim or the perpetrator.
”This is a multifaceted, grand story by Klas Östergren in his absolute best storytelling mood. /…/ The novel is very well composed and a reading adventure.”
”No one can describe Sweden with such panache /…/ It is a unified and beating story, [Klas Östergren] is extremely skilled … Every single little detail turns out to be a part of the puzzle.”
”It is in his ability to capture the nostalgically shimmering, for ever lost idyll – the sauna, the veranda, the cigarr – that Östergren proves his greatness as a writer. Twist consolidates his unique position as a Swedish prosaist.”
”Klas Östergren is a divinely inspired storyteller: his language is simple but never plain, it is playful but not aggressive, it is seductive but absolutely not coquettish. It is familiar and yet constantly new.”
”This is a suspense novel, one that Le Carré would have been proud of. /…/ All you have to do is to give in to the reading, which is not always light, but very rewarding.”