Red Winter

Anneli Furmark (Author) Hanna Stromberg (Translator)


Political tensions flare as an adulterous romance blossoms in the heart of a barren, Swedish winter

The scene is late seventies Sweden: the four-decade-long reign of the once indestructible socio-democratic party has come to an end. Parties on the far left begin to mobilize, hoping to overcome the prevailing capitalist model on a national scale, but also in the streets, factories, and small towns to the North. This is where we meet Siv: a married mother of three employed by the youth sector of her local socio-democratic chapter. Without warning, Siv falls in love with a young Maoist, Ulrik, who recently arrived from the south of Sweden to militarize--and gain control--of the steelworkers union.

Anneli Furmark's Red Winter weaves together the story of Siv, Ukrik, and the concentric circles of tension that slowly build around them, threatening to disintegrate her family's foundation. Her three children look on, noticing a shift in their mother without fully understanding it. Siv and Ulrik drift through the season, musing on their actions, their politics, their love, and its inevitable consequences--while Furmark's delicate hues of blue and orange heighten the cinematic qualities of northern Sweden's isolated landscape. Red Winter is a tale of a love that haunts in the darkness of winter.

Product Details

Drawn & Quarterly
Publish Date
January 23, 2018
6.1 X 0.6 X 8.4 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Anneli Furmark was born in 1962 in Vallentuna and grew up in Lulea (Sweden). She studied at the UmeƄ Academy, where she later became a teacher. A painter and comic artist, her first graphic novel The Mazes and Other Stories was published in 2002. She has participated in numerous anthologies, including Drawn & Quarterly Showcase: Book 5, and has produced seven graphic novels to date. Her work has been awarded twice at the Kemi Festival in Finland, and has been published in Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, and in several Swedish newspapers.


"A quiet but dramatic portrayal of the remarkable political sects who took over the number of people living in the seventies Sweden."-Goodreads

"Red Winter remains a sensitive, beautifully written comic strip, simply and warmly rendered, swept with beautiful and effective blue watercolors. A curiosity." -BoDoii