Almqvist on the Internet

Johan Svedjedal


The story of how the edition of Carl Jonas Love Almqvist's collected works currently in preparation ever got started is presumably typical for many contemporary publishing projects. It begins as a mirage before taking shape as a dream and finally as a detailed campaign plan. But when the march begins it takes the form at times of a beggars' pilgrimage. The affair is not made any easier by the fact that all surrounding landmarks have during the passage of time been demolished. The solid old buildings from the turn of the century, rendered and with deep embrasures, have been levelled to the ground, and hi-tech houses have been erected where they once stood, equipped with lighting controlled by body temperature. Nearby stands the editor wondering what has actually happened. Where has his plan of campaign gone?

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