Translator: Sarah Death
Author: Tomas Bannerhed
Publisher: The Clerkenwell Press
Year of Publication: 2014
‘Startling in its depiction of nature, madness and faith, The Ravens is a vivid book, sensitively translated by Sarah Death, about the terrors and passions of childhood.’ Katie Kitimura
This August Prize-winning first novel depicts a teenage boy’s struggle to confront the world of adulthood in rural southern Sweden in the 1970s, an era lovingly recreated in small details. Caught between loyalty to his disintegrating father and fear of his destiny as the future owner of a failing farm, Klas tries in vain to find positive role models and seeks solace in the world of nature, above all in watching birds.