Omslagsbild: Jag går och lever

Date of release: 2018-04-05
Pages: 205
Sold to: Norway: Oktober

Jag går och lever /I Live on Tomorrow

Tove lives in the countryside with Dad, an unreliable shift worker, as well as her unemployed and moody older sister who has moved back home, where she spends most of her days masturbating in her bedroom. The mother abandoned them long ago. Tove moves listlessly between the harrowing secondary school environment - characterized by sexual abuse, bullying and anarchy - and sordid house parties with sedating booze and sleazy boys. The last 
place she wants to be is at home. And down the village live the social outcasts, the half-wits and other odd existences.

How do you endure this life and how do you ever get out of this place? I Live on Tomorrow is a terrifying slap in the face and a dark and gritty coming-of-age story with a spirited young heroine.

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… Unge stays close to her characters, moves along their interactions, writes down their emotional choreography in the language’s own streams of consciousness, like a Virginia Woolf for the working-class /… / In “I Live on Tomorrow”, Mirja Unge is better than ever.
Mirja Unge’s colloquial and poetically charged style grabs a firm hold of the reader. The prose and the plot form a perfect unit and produce an own literary universe.
Norrköpings Tidningar
Mirja Unge has a truly unique ability to describe childhood and adolescence as a constant war: the filth, the sleaze and the vulnerability knows no limits /… / Unge often writes about more or less broken people on the fringes of society; she does this incredibly well and this time it’s particularly sinister. Everyday life is purely about survival and makes me think of how being young also means being forced together with both family and classmates, without being able to choose.
Värmlands Folkblad
Unge’s fictional worlds are ordinary on the surface, but soon something distorted becomes visible, something that feels uncomfortable and distressing. The irregular, slightly obstinate and untamed prose accentuates the rough edges of life /… / I Live on Tomorrow is a strong return.
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Mirja Unge, born 1973 in Stockholm, has been praised for her distinctive writing style and has also received several prominent awards for her literary works. She made her debut in 1998 with The Words Came From the Mouth, for which she was awarded the Katapult Prize for best debut. She has since written two additional novels and one short story collection.
Unge is also an acclaimed playwright.

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