The Swarm (Innbundet)

Series:  394


Anders Malm

Norwegian title: Svermen
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2019
Pages: 160
Publisher: Flamme Forlag
Språk: Bokmål
Serienummer: 394
ISBN/EAN: 9788282883207
Kategori: Literature and Fiction
Overview Svermen

Four young boys, ABC and D, refuse to live as individuals instead they seek a new form of existence: The Swarm. By the help of a strict code of honor, based off made-at-home algorithms, they attempt to rid themselves of individual burdens and the contemporary demands for exceptionality. When they find a collection of leftover designer clothes, that used to belong to one boy's mother, the parental generation's worship of the individual starts to interfere with the boys' collective project.

Can the algorithms free us? This is an ambitious and dystopian novel about four boys denouncing the individuality and trying to melt into one. If you have had it with contemporary novels drilling into the every day problems of the urban middle class, Anders Malm is a fitting, if ever so gloomy, direction to turn. The thoughts are interesting, and the reader stays challenged all the way.

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Reviews Svermen

"Kan algoritmene gjøre oss fri? Ambisiøs og dystopisk roman om fire unge gutter som avviser individualismen og forsøker å smelte sammen til én. (...) Hvis man er lei av samtidsromaner som borer seg ned i det urbane middelklasselivets hverdagsproblemer, så er Anders Malm et passende, om enn dystert sted å vende. Tankestoffet er interessant, og utfordrer leseren hele veien."

Torgeir Holljen Thon, Fædrelandsvennen

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Author Anders Malm

Anders Malm (1980 –) made his debut in 2009 with the story collection Våkenetter. This was followed in 1912 by Massemenneske, a novel about surveillance in post-modern society. Krysset is his third book.

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