12 Going on 13: An Autobiographical Novel

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Ravenswood Books, 1995 - Fiction - 192 pages
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Jan Myrdal is twelve going on thirteen. It is 1939, the war in Europe has begun. The war between Jan and his parents continues.

In this autobiographical novel about childhood, Jan Myrdal recreates the look and feel of New York and Stockholm at a turning point in his life and the world's, the outbreak of World War II. He despairs as his parents return him to Sweden, prisoner of a family torn apart by culture, politics and ambition.

This story took place long before Gunnar Myrdal won the Nobel Prize in Economics and Alva Myrdal won the Nobel Peace Prize. Long before Jan became the notorious "disloyal European, " long before his autobiographical novels about childhood shocked Sweden with their scathering portraits of the private life of the founders of Sweden's welfare state. The novels began as scandals and became classics. Through an uncanny entry into a child's langauge and experience, Myrdal relives his shame and anger, his awakening sexuality, his escape into an elaborate fantasy system, and his passion for knowing the world - its people, its machines, its politics.

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Swedish author Myrdal has received the coveted Esselte Prize for literature in Sweden for this autobiographical novel (a sequel to Childhood, LJ 11/15/91, and Another World, LJ 7/94). The son of ... Read full review


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