So successful in its native Sweden that it has gone on to become both a play and an opera, Ebba Witt-Brattström’s debut novel, Love/War, was originally released in 2016, two years after her much publicised divorce from Swedish Academy chair, Horace Engdahl.
A novel of fragments, it is laid out in the form of a hate-filled discourse between the two protagonists, She and He. Peppered with cultural references and in homage to Strindberg as well as Märta Tikkanen, this powerful work from one of the founding members of the Feminist Initiative is unlike anything in contemporary literature right now.
“I’m glad to have gotten it over with. And if I can help just one woman to see through this male dominant behaviour, it’s been worth every moment. If my ex-husband has read the book? No, we don’t have any contact with one another. Thank God.” – Ebba Witt-Brattström, interview with Åsa Asplid, Expressen.se, February 3rd 2016