Erri De Luca is back to Sweden!

Fjärilens tyngd” (“Il peso della farfalla”) is one of the most read and loved books by the Italian writer Erri De Luca.

The novel has recently been translated by Madeleine Gustafsson and published by Elisabeth Grate Bokförlag, thanks to a C.M. Lerici Foundation’s grant.

The story is set somewhere in the Italian Alps, where a chamois has been the king of his herd for many years. Despite his exceptional size and strength, he feels that his time has come. Not far from there, a hunter has returned to live up in the mountains, and even his time is starting to run short. His last ambition is to trap the only animal that has ever escaped him.

“Fjärilens tyngd” is a gripping, dizzyingly, beautiful tale, in which the author presents in a poetic and deeply personal language his vision of the relationship between man and nature. Erri De Luca is one of Italy’s most acclaimed contemporary writers. Since his debut in 1989, De Luca has written many books, including “Montedidio” (2001), that is his first book in Swedish translation and published by the same Elisabeth Grate Bokförlag.


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