Abandonment critically acclaimed


“A very rich, learned and gripping book. Elisabeth Åsbrink’s strength has always been to find the details in the big picture. The small element that makes us actually perceive history as it was. Abandonment also seems, after constantly trying a number of ways forward, to say, well then: autofiction can actually be this disparate and outward-looking. And I don´t mind a bit.” Madeleine Levy in Dagens Nyheter


“A novel that captivates and lingers. This is because when Åsbrink strikes the right note, she does it almost virtuosically, and because there is a power in this book that seems unstoppable. /…/ She searches for memories, traces of her history, while the grief and anger over everything hidden, demolished and destroyed bolts in her. Here the novel is permeated with frenzy and of a irreconcilability, as captivating as it is adament.” Therese Eriksson in Svenska Dagbladet


Abandonment is a rich novel, educative and with a strong political pathos. Despite its serious subject, it´s also sometimes surprisingly funny. /… / Abandonment does its part to combat a lack of historical connection and knowledge. As a combative warrior, it places itself right in the midst of public debate while new anti-semitic winds are blowing in Europe.” Maria Domellöf-Wik in Göteborgs-Posten


“Through the author’s veins, as well as in her poetic prose, flows a violent story about people who are sorted and ranked based on bloodlines. She draws connects her own sense of abandonment with her ancestors who were persecuted and expelled since before the Spanish Inquisition.” Cecilia Djurberg in Aftonbladet