In Hurricane Party Klas Östergren has woven a story of mythic and magnificent scope, drawn from the past and set in a dystopian future.
Hanck Orn's son is dead. A heart attack, they tell him, but he knows they are lying. He travels to the archipelago at the outermost reaches of the land to find out what really happened, and is told how his son died in the great hall of the Norse gods, dealt a deadly blow by the mischievous shapeshifter Loki.
Moving from the golden halls to the depths of the underworld, it tells the timeless story of a man searching for justice in a world on the brink. Hurricane Party is another tale in the International Myths Series.
Klas Östergren was born in Stockholm in 1955 and is the author of several novels including the landmark Gentlemen (1981) and its sequel, Gangsters (2005). A leading star of Swedish literature for nearly three decades, he has won the Piratenpriset and the Doblougska prize from the Swedish Academy.
'The reader is very quickly spun into very strange realms in Klas Ostergren's wildly imaginative take on the Norse myths. Ostergren's high-octane weaving together of future dystopia with ancient mythology makes for an exhilarating adventure that races through times, places and ideas.' Metro
'The novel details the slow, sensitive blossoming of a man from a loveless unit in a totalitarian state to someone whose account of his emotional travail might, it is suggested, change the heart of society...an insightful and moving work.' Guardian