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Founded in 1976, Dialogos Förlag is an upscale independent publishing house specializing in nonfiction works, particularly the history of civilization, ideas and religion, as well as the social sciences. Among the publications are new Swedish titles, translations of books from abroad, collections of essays, anthologies and popular science.

 

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Tomas Andersson and Stefan Foconi

Levant. The Middle East without Borders

Two travellers par excellence rescue a region from clichés.

Publication date: September 2016

454 pages

The authors have wandered around and reported on the Middle East for 15 years. This is their fourth book – Levant. The Middle East without Borders.

With the same sparkling style that made their previously books so memorable, Andersson and Foconi wend their way through both genres and venues. Poignant human encounters alternate with incisive historical analyses. The insights are unexpected, pointed and erudite, seasoned with a wry sense of humour that creeps in between the lines.

The multifaceted portrait of everyday life, festivities, the past and present sheds light on an area that the Western world knows little about despite the way their histories have been entwined. The focus is on Syria, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon and Jordan.

A television series based on the book is in production.

From a review by Fredrik Eriksson in Tidningen Kulturen, 3 October 2016

The authors evoke and offer a platform for a diversity of voices that defy the narrow constraints of the mainstream media. Striving to educate, they succeed with grace and wit. Hearing what politically conscious women, jubilant youth, the unofficial powers-that-be and ordinary people have to say makes it clear that Middle Easterners and Europeans have a lot more that binds them together than separates them.

 

 

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Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist

The Medieval Millennium: History of the Nordic Countries from the Great Migration to the Reformation

A prizewinning historian intertwines history and climate research while shedding new light on social conditions during the Nordic Middle Ages.

Publication date: 2015

312 pages

Historian Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist offers an easy-to-read tour de force of a millennium gone by – an overview that challenges previous perceptions of the Middle Ages.

Using a number of new approaches, he re-examines the epoch by looking at the Nordic countries as a whole and by drawing the starting line at 500 CE. In doing so, he weaves the region together with the Continent and defines a larger context for understanding the ascendancy of Christianity.

Based on the latest research, the author highlights the living conditions that prevailed during those many centuries. The emphasis is on the everyday life, travel, weather and the culture of honour. He incorporates the impact of climate in a manner that is virtually absent from traditional history books.

Ljungqvist won the Clio Prize in September 2016. The morning daily Svenska Dagbladet and Clio, a history book club, confer the award.

From a review by Gunnar Wetterberg in Dagens Nyheter, 12 August 2015

"The very impulse behind his overview poses two vigorous challenges to traditional historiography ... every bit as titillating as any reader could dare to ask for."


 

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Olle Blohm

The Viaduct Man

Short, tight novel about human decline in modern society.

A tale about how easy it is to lose your grip, and to what extent a downfall remains an enigma.

Publication date: 2017

136 pages

A phone call. A quick decision. A man’s life changes.

Stockholm of the 1990s – Lars is working at an advertising agency. One day the phone rings and a man starts asking questions about a girl named Christine. Long estranged from her family, she is living in the fast lane in Paris. The polar opposite of Lars, she arouses his passionate love.

He abandons his comfortable life and embarks on a quest for the caller. Before long his existence has no other meaning.

What happens when a human being gives up and loses control of everything that makes life recognizable? Deceptively simple, the author describes the way that an individual can imperceptibly dissolve all bonds with the larger community.

In an era that pays homage to people driven by ambition, The Viaduct Man acquaints us with someone who refuses to lift a hand against his own decay. The streets of Paris, with their cornucopia of people and settings, bring his helplessness into sharp relief.

Olle Blohm is among the authors of Hostmanship and several other books on the theme of making people feel welcome that have been translated to English, Norwegian Danish and Dutch. The Viaduct Man is his literary debut.

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