Heart of Flesh

Heart of Flesh by Anna Grönlund

A haunting and entertaining debut novel somewhere in the intriguing literary landscape between Paul Auster and Chuck Palahniuk, with the page turning force of a Swedish noir thriller.

  • Title: Av kött och blod (Heart of Flesh) by Anna Grönlund
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Language: Swedish
  • Publisher: Ordfront | 2021
  • Pages: 202
  • English sample translation coming soon

Medical researcher Johannes falls from a balcony at the Nya Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm. In his pocket he has a letter, addressed to Anna Grönlund. “Here you get what you have taken from me.”

Soon the rumors start circulating. It is said that Johannes’ heart was knocked out of the body and ended up next to him, and that the police found human remains at the scene, belonging to another person. And who leaves a suicide note to someone you do not know?

In another part of the hospital, the assistant nurse Rosa sticks herself on a patient needle. If her life was already confusing, things were about to get even stranger. Is she sick? Or in love? Or is reality darker than that? Rosa writes her story, and the script ends up in Anna Grönlund’s hands. A story with bloody ramifications between the two women takes shape, and a scientific darkness begins to unfold.

Anna Grönlund has written a haunting and entertaining debut novel somewhere in the intriguing literary landscape between Paul Auster and Chuck Palahniuk, with a page turning force of a Swedish noir thriller.

ANNA GRÖNLUND is a doctor and former researcher in stem cells and regenerative cardiology at Karolinska Institutet. Through her writing, she explores the human body and its fragile boundaries, especially the disgusting and shapeless; that which we need to reject in order to continue living. Heart of Flesh is her fictional debut.

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