Winner of the 2019 Nordic Council Literature Prize, the Michael Strunge Prize, the Montana Prize for Fiction, the Blixen Literary Award and now longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2022.
After The Sun opens portals to our newest realities, haunting the margins of a globalised world that’s both saturated with yearning and brutally transactional. Infused with an irrepressible urgency, Eika’s fiction seems to have conjured these far-flung characters and their encounters in a single breath. Juxtaposing startling beauty with grotesquery , balancing the hyperrealistic with the fantastical, he has invented new modes of storytelling for an era when the old ones no longer suffice.
An enigmatic encounter in Copenhagen takes an IT consultant down a rabbit hole of speculation that proves more seductive than sex. In the Nevada desert, a grieving man tries to merge with an unearthly machine. The collapse of a love triangle in London leads to a dangerous, hypnotic addiction. Under Cancun’s hard blue sky, a beach boy provides a canvas for tourists’ desires, seeing deep into the world’s underbelly.
This collection of hyperreal and highly visual stories are full of unsettling and sideways beauty.
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