As always, Johannes Anyuru writes an incredibly rhythmic, lyrical and image-rich prose which despite the ongoing violence is also devastatingly beautiful and suggestive. /… / Then again, it is a novel written from within literature itself. It is Walter Benjamin meets Paul Virilio, meets Donna Haraway, it is streams of consciousness full of verve and slang, mixed with hearty, lust-filled doses of Harry Martinson’s space epos Aniara. Goddamnit, it is an author who has managed to surpass himself.
… a scorching contemporary novel, portraying several of the most frightening tendencies of the present: above all how fear and hatred always interplay, and how right now they breed and feed terrorism and fascism. /… / This is a novel that you can read on different levels at the same time. “The Rabbit Yard” is political pamphlet, futuristic dystopia and a personal book of thoughts all at once. Above all it shifts my gaze just enough so that I can see the here and now in a new way, or rather, it makes me feel and understand the present in another way. /… / The novel becomes an almost physical experience – a fist punch. I wish this novel reaches a wide audience. It has a message that is more than pressing, and it succeeds with what all great art should do – to change and deepen the image of reality.
The Rabbit Yard is just as urgently incisive as the present situation. You need to try to understand. You need to think. You need to talk. Otherwise, we will all drown in the future tears of our children. /… / An overwhelming tale of our time.
Anyuru shifts from the outset as a contemporary political thriller, to a visionary, futuristic dystopia, kindred with Orwell’s 1984 and Harry Martinson’s Aniara. /…/ The story takes my breath away. It is the poet Johannes Anyuru’s nuance-rich language that makes this time travel possible. In it there is room for worry, sorrow, dreams, melancholy, anger, beauty and also openings towards the unspeakable and unknown. /…/ Johannes Anyuru’s elaborate tale of the future is chilling, and like all dystopian futuristic novels, it concerns our own time. His novel, both poetically as well as politically, cuts right through our problematic present, with ISIS, terrorism, right-wing extremism and nationalism, yet it ends in the assurance that we can influence our future to take a completely different direction. Therein lies the hope of the novel.
Swedish author Johannes Anyuru consolidates his reputation as one of Scandinavia’s most important younger writers with this firework of a novel /… / Anyuru’s prose contains an extraordinary kind of originality. It is passionate, vivid and evocative in a very familiar and very significant way.
“The Rabbit Yard” is a mysterious, dramatic, intriguing, stirring and painful presentation of a tremendously human, social, mental, religious and political complex, and a novel that strengthens Johannes Anyuru’s key position in Swedish literature.
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