Join Swedish author Lina Wolff at Scandinavia House for an in-depth discussion of her recently translated novel Bret Easton Ellis and Other Dogs (And Other Stories, 2016).
At a run-down brothel in Caudal, Spain, the prostitutes are collecting stray dogs. They name each dog after a famous male writer: Dante, Chaucer, Bret Easton Ellis. To the east, in Barcelona, an unflappable teenage girl is endeavoring to trace the peculiarities of her life back to one woman: Alba Cambó, writer of violent short stories, who left Caudal as a girl and never went back.
Mordantly funny, dryly sensual, and written with a staggering lightness of touch, the debut novel in English by Swedish sensation Lina Wolff is a black, Bolaño-esque take on the limitations of love in a dog-eat-dog world.
Following the discussion, copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
Special thanks to And Other Stories and the Swedish Arts Council.
Praise for Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs by Lina Wolff:
“Lina Wolff’s exuberance and narrative zest are exquisite.” – Rebecka Åhlund, Borås Tidning
“A book that you just want to give people and say: take a look at this, read it, experience it. I would have liked to devote the entire review to quoting sentences and paragraphs from the novel – it is almost as if that were the only way of adequately conveying the gravity, depth and lightness of Lina Wolff’s prose, her tender yet pitiless character descriptions, her distinctive but also natural way of piecing together the novel’s disparate parts into a shimmering whole.” –Eva Johansson, Svenska Dagbladet
“Wolff makes the reading experience almost physical. The hot asphalt in Barcelona, the taste of wine, bodily fluids running down a thigh: everything is captured with a palpable sensuality.”—Elin Grelsson, Göteborgs-Posten
“Wolff is reminiscent of Pedro Almodóvar, twisting and turning gender roles, allowing women to shine and gain the upper hand.”—Anneli Jordahl, Sydsvenskan
About Lina Wolff
Lina Wolff is the author of the story collection Many People Die Like You/Många människor dör som du (Albert Bonniers Förlag, 2009). In 2012, she was awarded Vi magazine’s prize for her novel Bret Easton Ellis and Other Dogs/Bret Easton Ellis och de andra hundarna.
The novel was also shortlisted for the 2013 Swedish Radio Award for Best Novel of the Year. Her second novel, The Polyglot Lovers/De polyglotta älskarna, is forthcoming from Albert Bonniers Förlag in 2016. She has lived and worked in Italy and Spain and currently resides in southern Sweden.