25 July 2015

A Storm Blew in from Paradise by Johannes Anyuru from Sweden

Copyright: Mercies May: foto Johannes Anyuru

Afro-Swedish Johannes Anyuru wrote the Scandinavian hit novel A Storm Blew in from Paradise. It's both the story of Anyuru’s Ugandan father P, and Anyuru himself. P makes a promising start as a fighter-pilot, but no matter what he does or where he goes, he is unable to escape his fate. He finds himself a refugee, on the run like a hunted animal―while his only dream is to fly.


"Searingly poetic style rescues the mbleakness of living in exile", wrote The Independent.

A Storm Blew in from Paradise sold over 44,000 copies in Sweden and has been translated to Norwegian, Danish, German and French. The book won the Svenska Dagbladet’s Literature Prize and the Aftonbladet Literature Prize 2012.

Who is Johannes Anyuru 

Johannes Anyuru (Sweden, 1979), son of a Ugandan father and a Swedish mother, is a multifaceted novelist and poet. He debuted in 2003 with Det är bara gudarna som är nya (Only The Gods Are New), a poetry collection. In this collection of poems used Homer's epic Iliad as a background and inspiration for the portrayal of immigrant neighborhoods. A place that is often mentioned in his poetry is the area around Mörners road in Växjö, where Anyuru lived as a child.

Read 10 page of the book at World Editions (pdf)

A video presentation of  En storm kom från paradiset (in Swedish)


Johannes Anyuru reading poetry in Harlem in English



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