From the publisher:
Fredrik Sjoberg’s Swedish bestseller about summer, islands and finding happiness in the little things. Every summer there are a number of nights, not many, but a number, when everything is perfect. The light, the warmth, the smells, the mist, the birdsong – the moths. Who can sleep? Who wants to? Most people do, it seems. As for me, I’m on the verge of tears from happiness, and I wander around on the island till dawn and dream and think that summer nights are our most underutilized natural resource. A mesmerizing web of associations, The Fly Trap begins with Fredrik Sjoberg’s own experiences collecting hoverflies on a remote island in Sweden. His curiosity about the inventor of his fly trap leads him to rediscover the extraordinary life of a near-forgotten Naturalist, Rene Malaise. The tale that Sjoberg unravels – of heroic expeditions to Burma and the wilderness of Kamchatka, of lost loves and unexpected treasures – leads him to reflect on life itself, on the natural world and how we learn to interpret it, on slowness, freedom and the bliss of limitation. “Its joy lies in Sjoberg’s loose-limbed prose ...at once whimsical and yet laden with erudition and a deep feeling for the natural world and our place in it”. (Financial Times). “I often return to The Fly Trap, it remains close to my heart. The minute observations from nature that reveal sudden insights into one’s life. Sometimes I almost think that he wrote it for me”. (Tomas Transtromer, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature). “A rare masterpiece ...graceful, poetic, astonishing and – yes! – absolutely thrilling”. (Jyllands Posten). Fredrik Sjoberg collects hoverflies on the island Runmaro, in the archipelago east of Stockholm. He is also a literary critic, translator, cultural columnist and the author of several books including The Art of Flight and The Raisin King, which form a trilogy with The Fly Trap.