Collected Works


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$30.00  $27.90
Astra House
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6.34 X 9.23 X 1.48 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author

Lydia Sandgren (b. 1987) is the eldest of seven siblings brought up in the west of Sweden. She has studied music and philosophy, and is a practicing psychologist today, living in Gothenburg, Sweden. Collected Works is her debut novel.

Agnes Broomé is a literary translator and academic in Scandinavian at Harvard University. With a PhD in Translation Studies, her translations include August Prize winners The Expedition by Bea Uusma, The Gospel of Eels by Patrik Svensson, and Collected Works by Lydia Sandgren.


"This is the 600-page Swedish debut novel I will be pressing into everyone's hands this spring. Don't be alarmed! The pages frankly fly by--in fact, I wish there were more"

"The mystery at the heart of the story adds urgency to this warm, engaging, and funny novel about the inebriation of youth and the sobriety of middle age; about lives shaped by art and ideas; about our human flaws and joys. Collected Works is a thoroughly enjoyable book."
--Aysegül Savas, author of Walking on the Ceiling

"Collected Works . . . is as insatiable in its read as it is insightful to modern challenges of family, memory, and finding purpose."
--Matthew Bedard, Flaunt

"Sandgren hooks the reader with an absorbing, multilayered plot that shifts between past and present, building slowly towards the emotional and narrative mystery at its heart."
--Anne Foley, Booklist

"Lydia Sandgren's Collected Works is the most convincing work of literary fiction I've read in years: one part family saga, one part buddy comedy, one part mystery, one part bildungsroman, and one part philosophical inquiry into the nature of art, the whole filled with unforgettable characters, wry humor, and knock-down gorgeous sentences, positively vibrating with intelligence and style. People often write, with varying degrees of accuracy, that new books feel destined to become classics, but Collected Works feels like it already is one--and you, lucky reader, have stumbled upon it."
--Emily Temple, author of The Lightness