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Wilful Disregard: A Novel About Love
Wilful Disregard: A Novel About Love | Lena Andersson
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WINNER OF THE 2013 AUGUST PRIZE "Lena Andersson's Wilful Disregard is a story of the heart written with bracing intellectual rigor. It is a stunner, pure and simple." Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones Ester Nilsson is a sensible person in a sensible relationship. She knows what she thinks and she acts according to her principles. Until the day she is asked to give a lecture on renowned artist Hugo Rask. The man himself sits in the audience, spellbound, and when the two meet afterwards, he has the same effect on her. From now on Ester's existence is intrinsically linked to that day, and the chain of events that unravels will change her life forever. Bitingly funny and darkly fascinating Wilful Disregard is a story about total and desperate devotion and about how willingly we betray ourselves in the pursuit of love. PRAISE FOR WILFUL DISREGARD: A NOVEL ABOUT LOVE "This is a slim volume, but every word packs a punch; every other sentence is so wise and funny that it begs to be quoted..." The Guardian "I never thought a book about anxious Swedish intellectuals engaged in a philosophical back and forth would grip me like an airport read, but here we are. From the first page I was deep in the headspace of our protagonist, Esther, a woman willing to destroy her life for a man who barely acknowledges her." Lena Dunham in Lenny Letter
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jhod
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Oooh this was a cringey read, it explained so well why we keep going back, holding out hope for that unrequited love. I want to make one of my best friends read it, to show her how ridiculous she is being - but 'the girlfriend chorus' are easy to ignore, as I have done myself in the past! Reminded me of Almost Love. Really good.

kaysworld1 Hey there's a birthday card heading your way ❣️ 3mo
jhod @kaysworld1 thanks so much! I am away at the moment but will look forward to it when I'm back at the weekend! X 3mo
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂 🎂 2mo
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KarenUK
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#LilithJuly #LoveFool
This is a novel about the nature of obsession and unrequited love.
After Ester and Hugh meet, we quickly see Ester lose herself to an obsessive love, as she spirals into self-deception, and her ‘hope becomes a parasite‘. It‘s unsettling to see her self-respect unravelling at her own hands. I kept wanting to yell “He‘s just not that into you!” at her, willing her to regain her grounding in reality and escape her own undoing.

Cinfhen Sounds like a #LoveFool to me 😉 5mo
DebinHawaii #stacked 📚🤗 5mo
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LubicaP
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This book will make you cringe -but that's part of its appeal. It's very accurate in describing the level of stupidity humans are capable of when in love/infatuated/obsessed.

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batsy
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Some #twowordtitles for #WomeninTranslation month. Shamefully I've only read one of these, Dark Spring by the German writer Unica Zürn, which was haunting and bleak, a brutal fable of childhood trauma that was likely autobiographical. #witmonth #AndItsAugust @RealLifeReading

Abailliekaras Great theme! You've got me thinking ... 🤓 2y
batsy @Abailliekaras Thanks, it was the result of staring at my shelves and going, "I haven't read this one... Nope, haven't read this one either... Ooh one more that I haven't read" ? 2y
Suet624 So much to read...so little time. 2y
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batsy @Suet624 So true! 2y
batsy @ReadingEnvy I've been looking forward to it for some time 😄 2y
tricours I've read and hated Wilful Disregard, and read and forgot Dark Spring. 2y
batsy @tricours Oh no! 2y
tricours My raging 1 star review of it on Goodreads is my most popular one so far 😂 2y
batsy @tricours I looked it up on GR and saw your review! Interesting criticism, especially the language aspect (considering I'll be reading the Eng translation). 2y
merelybookish It's still an impressive collection, even if you haven't read them all. 🙂 2y
Tamra Hotel Splendid sounds like something I need to read. 2y
batsy @merelybookish Thank you :) 2y
batsy @Tamra It does sound fab, doesn't it 2y
Lacythebookworm The Vegetarian is quite good! 🙌 2y
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Monirogs
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Sorry, I don't have English version. A novel about love. #bookinspiration

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whelanmaria
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This book is shockingly honest in the pain and suffering you feel when you love more. Ester falls for Hugo who will probably never love anyone except himself. Bitingly honest and completely refreshing, each sentence in this book echoed thoughts I once felt for my first love. So so good.

Note: occasionally I will review front/backlist titles that my company publishes. Thoughts are my own.

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whelanmaria

The only weapon of someone who loves is to stop loving.

Notafraidofwords So so true 3y
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whelanmaria

The three exclamation marks indicated either a poor sense of style or an overwhelming urge to be heard.

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whelanmaria

Hugo never followed up anything Ester said. Ester always followed up what Hugo said. Neither of them was really interested in her but they were both interested in him.

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whelanmaria
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Guys, I joined Etsy around Memorial Day and it is BY FAR my favorite social media app. I love the people who are so quick to recommend a book or talk about similar favorites. You guys are absolutely fantastic and I am so proud to be among you. Thank you for showing me that the world of readers is the best world there is. 🎉

BookishMarginalia Congrats on reaching the first k! 3y
MrBook Yes!!! Congratulations on a job well done this far! Bravo! 😎👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👌🏻 3y
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KarenUK
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Starting this today, next book club read..... Glad to be reading something in translation. Hoping for great things....

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A.Shari.A
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Currently reading.