Cover image for Red winter / Anneli Furmark ; translated by Hanna Stromberg.
Title:
Red winter / Anneli Furmark ; translated by Hanna Stromberg.
ISBN:
9781770463066
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Montreal : Drawn and Quarterly, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Translated from the Swedish.
Abstract:
The scene is late seventies Sweden: the four-decade-long reign of the once indestructible socio-democratic party has come to an end. Parties on the far left begin to mobilize, hoping to overcome the prevailing capitalist model on a national scale, but also in the streets, factories, and small towns to the North. This is where we meet Siv: a married mother of three employed by the youth sector of her local socio-democratic chapter. Without warning, Siv falls in love with a young Maoist, Ulrik, who recently arrived from the south of Sweden to militarize and gain controlof the steelworkers union.
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Summary

The scene is late seventies Sweden: the four-decade-long reign of the once indestructible socio-democratic party has come to an end. Parties on the far left begin to mobilize, hoping to overcome the prevailing capitalist model on a national scale, but also in the streets, factories, and small towns to the North. This is where we meet Siv: a married mother of three employed by the youth sector of her local socio-democratic chapter. Without warning, Siv falls in love with a young Maoist, Ulrik, who recently arrived from the south of Sweden to militarize--and gain control--of the steelworkers union.

Anneli Furmark's Red Winter weaves together the story of Siv, Ukrik, and the concentric circles of tension that slowly build around them, threatening to disintegrate her family's foundation. Her three children look on, noticing a shift in their mother without fully understanding it. Siv and Ulrik drift through the season, musing on their actions, their politics, their love, and its inevitable consequences--while Furmark's delicate hues of blue and orange heighten the cinematic qualities of northern Sweden's isolated landscape. Red Winter is a tale of a love that haunts in the darkness of winter.


Author Notes

Anneli Furmark was born in 1962 in Vallentuna and grew up in Lulea (Sweden). She studied at the Umeå Academy, where she later became a teacher. A painter and comic artist, her first graphic novel The Mazes and Other Stories was published in 2002. She has participated in numerous anthologies, including Drawn & Quarterly Showcase: Book 5 , and has produced seven graphic novels to date. Her work has been awarded twice at the Kemi Festival in Finland, and has been published in Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, and in several Swedish newspapers.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Telling a love story set in the midst of a 1970s Swedish winter, Furmark (The Mazes and Other Stories) captures both how fundamentally simple and irreparably complicated human relationships can be. The story shifts focus from one character to the next as it explores how Siv, a social democrat and married mother of three, falls for a Maoist named Ulrik who has come to northern Sweden to mobilize sympathy for his group's platform at the local steelworker's union. Both of them want something very similar and, at once, altogether different from each other. As the narrative perspective glides from Siv to her daughter, Marita, then to Ulrik and other principal characters, the complexity of the relationship deepens. Furmark's palette is an emotive canvas of complementary colors, with the blues showing the beautiful but bleak cold of the northern landscape and oranges reserved for warmth generated by love, simple friendship, and the spark of human connection. Furmark's success in this graphic novel is in making readers care, on some level, about everyone who wanders in and out of her splendid panels. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Siv, a married mother of three, is in love with another man, Ukrik. Complicating matters further, Ukrik is a young Maoist, while Siv is an older Social Democrat. Throughout this story from Swedish creator Furmark (The Mazes and Other Stories), readers learn about the lives of Ukrik, Siv, and her children and the consequences of their actions. The illustrations fit the theme well, with darker colors portraying the bleakness of the time as well as the winter months. Scenes of interactions among the characters simultaneously emphasize the isolation each feels. While many graphic novels have explored politics and life during the 1970s in the Middle East, Russia, or other Eastern European countries, very few have focused on Northern European and Nordic countries at that time. This book does a wonderful job of looking at life in Sweden through a compelling story line and engaging characters. Verdict Recommended for anyone interested late 20th-century European politics and life, particularly in Sweden. A solid addition to collections on communism in Europe.-Sonnet Ireland, St. Tammany Parish P.L., Mandeville, LA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.