BOOK REVIEW. Something sticky response tired pours out over a cool checkered blue city map on the cover of Andrzej Tichýs new novel Misery . Erupterande feelings, hatred and blood and soot in living meandering patterns that exist beside our day bright sociological, psychological and political interpretation and understanding.
Misery is Tichý back to the environment in his very first novel, Six liters of air , the immigrant Million suburb Holma outside Malmö.
With a virtuoso handling language, spoken word poetic, samtidsnyspråkigt, finlitterärt philosophical about each other, he gives voice to the growing up lost “brothers”. To comply with this fiery, appellant, rationalization, pleading, clever, childish, supposedly hard, skrytiga, desperate and despairing collective memory is like to “hear” a lot betrayed generation. Despite mörkerbejakelsen, despite the absence of hope and faith, it is a magnificent and life-teeming dirge.
And I do not know if this alleged pessimism , this wounded hatred is representative also for today’s young people it is called “socially vulnerable” suburbs “. But in this bilbrändernas late summer makes Tichý is indeed probable:
“It made me mad, what tore me from the childish straight and simple existence, of their wits, it was the realization – at first vague, secretive and unexplained, then perceived as a revelation and transformed into a kind of experience, somatic as well as intellectually härbärgerad knowledge – that some lives are not worthy to be lived. That it is this lie that reigns here. And no one can do anything about it. “
But in some beautiful parts is the same indifferent world enveloped in a conciliatory light. Here is the street and we stress that beyond just “part of the fabric forever.” Grace is, if only in the moment, provoked by drugs. And “the invocation of fire” is just something human, including sprained brothers.
Misery is slightly smaller in scope and not as inaccessible as his earlier novels fields (2008) and Cairo (2013). They moved across the whole of human history with violent power struggles, war and crushed rebellion attempt. Artistically a very impressive work, but I would think that too few readers could manage to enter in their shape to obscure and rebus-like worlds. The misery can be read and more. Or listened to – it’s designed to be audiobook.
Tichý compared with Birgitta Trotzig to him with similar seriousness and consistency seek out human suffering. In a preface to the paperback edition of Trotzigs self and the world, type Steve Sem-Sandberg that it is the author’s only enduring power “That in and through language save the rejected and waste back to the world.”
A good summary of what Tichy capable of the misery .