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Directly relevant to today’s (or maybe yesterday’s prepandemic) international events, this story is told from the perspective of one of 3 terrorists who take hostages in a small bookstore in Sweden during a book reading by a controversial author responsible for offensive drawings of Muhammed. The main character believes she is from the future and has come back to change the course of history, because this event was identified as a key moment that eroded the standing of Muslims in Sweden. She relays most of the story in a psychiatric hospital a couple years after the event. Themes of sanity, terrorism, prejudice and representation all enter into the story. It is sort of a 12 monkeys crossed with the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, but in Sweden, and it is well told by an author who is very well known in his native Sweden.

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