Author(s): Fredrik Sjöberg
Stories just begin. We rarely know where and almost never why. It doesn't matter. Nothing is certain any longer. I just want to shut my eyes, point at random and say, as a sort of experiment, that once, when I was sixteen years old, I spent a whole night singing romantic songs in the top of a pine tree. That's where it may have started. In this follow-up to The Fly Trap, Sj�berg continues to explore the pleasures and trials of those who spend their time tracing the smallest details of the natural world. Calling on his childhood memories and experience as a hoverfly collector, and following the trail of long forgotten entomologists before him who left their native Sweden for the U.S., Sj�berg contemplates the richness of life and the strange paths it leads us on.
Digressive, discursive and delightful. -- Michael Kerr Telegraph A joy ... Fredrik Sjoberg's best-selling memoir The Fly Trap marked him as a maestro of the episodic. Here, he completes a trilogy. Nature By his own admission Sjoberg has a "butterfly mind"; the effect of his narrative excursions amounts to a sort of Sebald-lite, albeit without the fictional element. What insures this approach against triviality is the author's patient alertness to pattern, to telling correspondence. -- Nat Segnit Times Literary Supplement Delightful, at once informative and often humorously digressive ... a humane man of wide-ranging curiosity, Sjoberg writes with infectious passion. Independent
Fredrik Sjoberg collects hoverflies on the island of Runmaro, in the archipelago east of Stockholm. He is also a literary critic, translator, cultural columnist and the author of several books, including The Fly Trap and The Raisin King, which form a trilogy with The Art of Flight.