Musikanternas uttåg/The March of the Musicians (1978)

O_Musikanternas uttag_SEMusikanternas uttåg is a superbly crafted documentary novel about how the workers in one small area of Northern Sweden at the turn of the century gradually awaken from an entrenched apathy – political, spiritual, emotional – and begin to fight against their appalling conditions. Such, however, is Per Olov Enquist’s ability to understand the motivation of these people who patiently allow themselves to be exploited by the sawmill owners and tormented every Sunday by hellfire preachers, that he transforms what is no more than a footnote in the history of Swedish labour movement into a story with universal meeting. And such is his empathy with his characters that in the end these flawed human beings achieve almost heroic stature.

Powerful, funny, tragic and deeply moving, Musikanternas uttåg will be recognized as a major work of modern European literature.

Press Voices: 

“Read! Read this book! You must! Don’t miss it.” Sydsvenska Dagbladet 

”Enquist is indispensable because he illustrates our inner darkness. I can think of no finer writer to have beside me in the dark voyage of life.” European

”It is a great novel. It is captivating, engaging. Those who do not read it will miss a lot.” Norrköpings Tidningar 

”His prose dazzles all the way through. There is not a boring sentence, let alone a dull page.” Daily Mail 

”It is a consummate piece of art … being a strange mixture of document and folk-tale it is something very rare in Swedish literature … /…/ … a novel which you wish many many readers.” Borås Tidning

”A writer of rare metaphysical sensibilities. Enquist more than rises to the challenge: perhaps only Primo Levi, in the last twenty years, has shown a similar grace under pressure.” Sunday Telegraph

 International Editions:

Denmark – Samleren 1978, pb 2001

Finland – Tammi 1978

Norway – Gyldendal 1978

Germany – Hanser 1978

Germany – Volk & Welt 1979

France – Flammarion 1979

France – Actes Sud 2004 pb

England – Collins 1984

Italy – Iperborea 1987

The Netherlands – Ambo/Anthos 2001

Spain – Nordica Libros 2006

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