Original title: Hotell Angleterre
Author: Marie Bennet
Sweden, 1940-1944. Though Sweden is supposed to be neutral, the war is knocking on its door and there is a climate of paranoia against Communists and other “social enemies”.
The story in Hotel Angleterre begins with a dramatic but forgotten event that took place during this time in the North of Sweden. A couple of Swedish soldiers froze to death during the winter of 1939 and, as a consequence of this, the other soldiers mutinied against their officers. The novel follows the lives of Georg, a young soldier from Malmö who is sent to the North; his wife Kerstin, who remains at home witnessing the war in Europe from the front seat; and the enigmatic Viola, suspected of being a spy and with whom Kerstin has a brief affair during her husband’s absence. Their lives, like everyone’s at the time, are torn by war, politics and fear.
Love, betrayal, compassion and forgiveness, as well as the universal human will to survive and move forward in the face of adversity, are all present in this unputdownable and gripping debut by Marie Bennett.
SWEDISH | Wahlström & Widstrand
FRENCH | Éditions Denoël
NORWEGIAN | Gyldendal Norsk
POLISH | Marginesy
SPANISH | Ediciones B
«A page-turner» Aftonbladet
«A grandiose human drama- about love, friendship, compassion, survival, rebellion, the fight for justice, the fight for a better life. It is a story of what will can achieve, especially when driven by love, and how war affects us all. Marie Bennett belongs to the first rank of upmarket commercial fiction.» Bernhard Mohr, Editor, Gyldendal
«A pure joy to read! Well written, well researched and with that certain page-turning quality. I really believe Marie’s story has great potential to become a bestseller in Sweden.» Helene Atterling, Senior Editor, Wahlström & Widstrand
«Reminding us of the follies and tragedies of war.» Smaladansposten