Reviews of The Colonel’s Wife

the colonel's wife

Today is the official release of my translation of The Colonel’s Wife, by the great Rosa Liksom, and there are already a lot of interesting reviews:

“Liksom’s brief, haunting novel finds an elderly Finnish woman in her final days, reflecting on a lifetime as both a victim and perpetrator of cruelty… her descriptions of the torture she witnesses by the Nazis, and of that she endures by her husband, are made more chilling by their lack of sentimentality.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Liksom’s tale is a brilliantly drawn metaphor, and just as it took tremendous hardship and effort for so many people to wake up from their simplistic, codependent love affair with fascism, so the narrator faces the painful and torturous challenge of struggling to break free of her relationship with the Colonel and to rebuild a new life for herself” – Hans Rollman, Popmatters

“Ms. Liksom is fearlessly good at portraying wicked men in all their moods and disguises… The narrator herself is not always as persuasive. It is only after the war, when the Colonel makes her the outlet for his sadism, that she repents of her past. In a tentative play for exoneration, Ms. Liksom hints that the narrator may have been brainwashed by sexual abuse. But the novel is strongest when it’s most direct about why people engage in evil: Because they enjoy it.” – Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

“The Colonel’s Wife is a novel that is all the more thought-provoking and heart-rending in our current strained sociopolitical moment.” – Ashlie D. Stevens, Salon

It’s an intense book.

~ by lolarusa on November 6, 2019.

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