The author finds happiness in the little things. Millions of them, in fact. He tells us about living on a remote Swedish island, blissful long summer nights, lost loves, unexpected treasures, art, nature, slowness, and how freedom can come from the things we least expect.
Fredrik Sj berg finds happiness in the little things. Millions of them, in fact. This beguiling bestseller tells the story of his obsession with collecting hoverflies. It is also a unique meditation on life- living on a remote Swedish island, blissful long summer nights, lost loves, unexpected treasures, art, nature, slowness, and how freedom can come from the things we least expect. I often return toThe Fly Trap, it remains close to my heart. The minute observations from nature that reveal sudden insights into one's life.'Tomas Transtr mer 'Charming, witty and original.'Patrick Barkham,Guardian 'Nature writing that can laugh at itself, a real tonic.' Gregory Day,Sydney Morning Herald 'Delightful . . . a humane man of wide-ranging curiosity, Sj berg writes with infectious passion.'Carl Wilkinson,Financial Times
Fredrik Sjoeberg collects hoverflies on the island of Runmaroe, in the archipelago east of Stockholm. He is also a literary critic, translator, cultural columnist and the author of several books, including The Fly Trap and The Raisin King, which form a trilogy with The Art of Flight.
Entertaining . . .iconoclastic . . . the writing is whimsical, digressive and pleasingly devoid of anything too weighty or purposeful -- Richard Coniff Wall Street Journal A quirky tapestry . . . an enjoyable if wayward tale Ecologist Subtle, convincing . . . Sjoeberg thrives in the indistinct boundary between science and literature New Scientist Delightful, at once informative and often humorously digressive . . . a humane man of wide-ranging curiosity, Sjoeberg writes with infectious passion Independent Its joy lies in Sjoeberg's loose-limbed prose . . . at once whimsical and yet laden with erudition and a deep feeling for the natural world and our place in it Financial Times Charming, witty and original . . . a sly challenge to virtually every contemporary orthodoxy -- Patrick Barkham Guardian
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