The Helios Disaster

The Helios Disaster

by Linda Bostrom Knausgaard

Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

Published by: World Editions

128 pages, 5.00 x 8.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781642860689
  • Published: April 2020


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"Knausgård is an impressive writer" —Publishers Weekly
"Knausgård’s writing is crystalline and careful" —Kirkus Reviews
"Boström Knausgård’s careful exploration of mental illness is restrained and entirely unsentimental. (...) Her prose is unobtrusive in its simplicity and minimalism. The result is both powerful and lyrical." —Words Without Borders

This modern spin on the myth of Athena plunges us deep inside the mind of an unlikely twelve-year-old goddess confined to a small Swedish town. Separated from her father just moments after bursting from his skull in full armor, Anna is packed off into foster care where she learns to ski, speaks in tongues, and negotiates the needs of a quirky cast of relatives. Unable to overcome her father’s absence, however, she finally succumbs to depression and is institutionalized. Anna’s rallying war cry rings out across the pages of this concise and piercing novel as a passionate appeal for belonging taken to its emotional extreme.