An underemployed chef is pulled into the
escalating violence of his neighbour’s makeshift porn channel. An elderly piano
student is forced to flee her home village when word gets out that she’s had sex with her thirty-something teacher. A
hose pumping cava through the maquette of a giant penis becomes a murder weapon
in the hands of a disaffected housewife. In this collection from the winner of
Sweden’s August Prize, Lina Wolff gleefully wrenches unpredictability from the
suffocations of day-to-day life, shatters balances of power without warning,
and strips her characters down to their strangest and most unstable selves.
Wicked, discomfiting, delightful and wry, delivered with the deadly wit for
which Wolff is known, Many People Die
presents the uneasy spectacle of people in solitude, and probes,
with savage honesty, the choices we make when we believe no one is watching …
or when we no longer care.