Viola Ardone has been nominated for Årets bok 2021 (Book of the Year 2021)!

Established in 2016, the award wants to “pay tribute to the books together with the Swedish people”.

Every year 12 books – both Swedish and foreign novels – are nominated based on a number of criteria such as high linguistic quality and well-told stories in terms of plot, characters and environment.

According to the jury, the novel “Hoppets tåg” by Viola Ardone is a “rare fine depiction of childhood filled with life and humor”.

The book takes place during the post-war period in southern Italy, when Antonia puts her 7-year-old son Amerigo on a train to a foster home in northern Italy. “A gripping novel that is told from the child’s perspective, and the clear-eyed boy goes straight into the reader’s heart to stay there forever.”

“Hoppets tåg” was published in 2020 by Norstedts with a literary grant from C.M. Lerici Foundation.

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