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Eventide
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Eventide
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An astute novel that follows the life of an art history professor at Stockholm University as she navigates the academic world, with its undercurrents of eroticism, competition, deceit, and fear

In her forties, childless, and living alone, Karolina Andersson feels adrift after the breakup of a long relationship. She finds fulfillment in her work, and when she starts advising a new postgraduate student, she is struck by his confidence. He claims to have discovered new materials from a female artist working around 1900 that could change the history of Swedish visual arts. Karolina soon finds herself embroiled in a complex game with both emotional and professional consequences.

Eventide is a perceptive novel of ideas about love, art, and solitude in our time, and the distorted standards to which women are held in their relationships and careers.
An astute novel that follows the life of an art history professor at Stockholm University as she navigates the academic world, with its undercurrents of eroticism, competition, deceit, and fear

In her forties, childless, and living alone, Karolina Andersson feels adrift after the breakup of a long relationship. She finds fulfillment in her work, and when she starts advising a new postgraduate student, she is struck by his confidence. He claims to have discovered new materials from a female artist working around 1900 that could change the history of Swedish visual arts. Karolina soon finds herself embroiled in a complex game with both emotional and professional consequences.

Eventide is a perceptive novel of ideas about love, art, and solitude in our time, and the distorted standards to which women are held in their relationships and careers.
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  • Therese Bohman is a columnist for Expressen, writing about literature, art, culture, and fashion. Her debut novel, Drowned, was published by Other Press in 2012, followed by The Other Woman in 2016. She lives in Sweden.
    Marlaine Delargy has translated novels by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Kristina Ohlsson, Henning Mankell, and Helene Tursten, as well as A Fortune Foretold by Agneta Pleijel and Therese Bohman's Drowned and The Other Woman. She serves on the editorial board of the Swedish Book Review. She lives in England.
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  • Library Journal

    February 15, 2018

    Crossing the proverbial bridge into midlife sometimes brings a time of self-assessment, of looking at where one has been and what might lie ahead. In this latest from Bohman (Drowned), 40-year-old Karolina enjoys a prominent career as a professor of art history. Her personal life, however, is none too satisfactory: she is freshly out of a long-term relationship, has no social network, and makes questionable choices in terms of casual sex. Graduate student Anton brings a spark of interest, but he seems unpredictable. In need of a diversion, Karolina becomes invested in arcane concepts such as representations of bestiality in art and literature, to no avail. Her overall dilemma is a common one: Should she seek out an average domestic life, focus on her career, or both? As if under a perennially cloudy gray sky, she remains frustratingly paralyzed until a simple act of courage helps her to envision a patch of sunlight. VERDICT While readers who are familiar with Stockholm may enjoy images of the city, Karolina's path to claiming a bit of her own power is arduous and not quite satisfying.--Susanne Wells, Indianapolis P.L.

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 11, 2018
    Bohman’s moving third novel (following The Other Woman) immerses the reader in the life of 40-something Karolina Andersson, an art professor at the University of Stockholm. Single for the first time in 11 years, she begins middle age with the task of moving to a smaller apartment. As her semester begins, she finally meets her elusive PhD advisee, Anton, who has been in Germany researching Ebba Ellis, an obscure Swedish artist. At first she finds him entitled and annoying, but as she learns more about his childhood with a single mother struggling to make ends meet, she grows compassionate toward him and more interested in his work on Ellis, which promises to be revelatory. Karolina’s interest in Anton blooms into sexual desire, but this new excitement distracts her from suspicious elements of his work. When she at last begins to investigate these inconsistencies, she finds that those who seem too good to be true often are. This psychologically rich journey provides insight into an intelligent, successful woman who burns with needs she fears she can’t fulfill.

  • Bonnie Nadzam, author of Lions "Both incisive and tender, Therese Bohman's elegant Eventide leaves no stone unturned in the heart of her protagonist...Reading it was like having an intimate conversation with a brilliant woman in a deceptively still and quiet room."
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