The book “Gränsfarare” (BorderTravellers) is a collection of short stories that move through time and space. It is a journey in claustrophobic closed rooms where the reader together with BorderTravellers fumbles towards the distant light.
BorderTravellers have existed during the whole history, sometimes in the shadows and other times on the scene for everybody to see. They are always in a struggle against the injustices of that particular time fighting for human boundlessness. In these nine short stories, we will meet some of them both from our age as well as from historic times, e.g. in a struggle for female liberation, against religious dogmas, and advance humanistic values. It is stories about rebellion and freedom in a society that feels familiar, but that sometimes cross the border to mythology and other ages of time. They offer journeys on different levels as the subtitle proclaims: Short stories that move through time and space.
In this dynamic environment, we are meeting Emmy that during her teenage-years was affected by a brutal injustice and the current norms forced her to suffer silently. Then one day she comes back to the place everything started. Or Zoe that despite unique top competence in accordance with the welfare state’s norms are placed to clean floors due to her ethnic background, but she breaks out from this imprisonment. Or the timeless struggle between humanism and religious dogmas where the latter all too often develops into a monster. Or how men with power, because it is often men, stands defenceless when the wind of change blows, but they continue like Don Quijote to fight under bloodshed against windmill after windmill. These are just some of the perspectives that are hiding in this collection of short stories. In general, it is empowered by the dynamism of European philosophy and history, where Erasmus, Aristotle, Sir Francis Bacon, Martin Luther among others gives fuel to the stories.
The book starts at the beach in a day filled with hope and ends in a lighthouse and a necessary break up.
Bordertraveller is expected to be launched in September 2018 …