The Fly Trap: A Book about Summer, Islands and the Freedom of Limits

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Penguin UK, May 29, 2014 - Nature - 288 pages

Fredrik Sjöberg's Swedish bestseller about summer, islands, freedom and boundaries.

'The light, the warmth, the smells, the mist, the birdsong - the moths. Who can sleep? Who wants to?'

Fredrik Sjöberg finds happiness in the little things. Millions of them, in fact. This beguiling bestseller is his unique meditation on collecting hoverflies. It is also 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.

'Full of charm, a book about how to find meaning in life' Melissa Harrison, The Times, Books of the Year

'I often return to The Fly Trap, it remains close to my heart. The minute observations from nature that reveal sudden insights into one's life. Sometimes I almost think that he wrote it for me' Tomas Tranströmer, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

'Charming, witty and original' Patrick Barkham, Guardian

'Nature writing that can laugh at itself, a real tonic' Gregory Day, Sydney Morning Herald

'Delightful, at once informative and often humorously digressive . . . a humane man of wide-ranging curiosity, Sjöberg writes with infectious passion' Paul Binding Independent

Fredrik Sjöberg collects hoverflies on the island Runmarö, in the archipelago east of Stockholm. He is also a literary critic, translator, cultural columnist and the author of several books including The Art of Flight and The Raisin King, which form a trilogy with The Fly Trap.

 

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User Review  - Eoin - LibraryThing

Delightful! Easily the best Swedish entomologist's memoir I've read this year. Sjöberg writes with the total assurance of an expert used to being overlooked. The result is loose-limbed prose ... Read full review

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The Fly Trap occupies the Venn diagram intersection of philosophy, poetry, and entomology—that’s entomology with an “n,” the study of insects. More precisely in Sjöberg’s case, the study of ... Read full review

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Contents

The Curse of the Starving Class
My Entry into Hoverfly High Society
A Trap in Rangoon
The Man Who Loved Islands
The Archipelago of Buttonology
René Malaise 18921978
Narcissiana
The Riddle of Doros
The Fly Tree
The Entomologists Career
Slowness
The Island that Sank in the
The Legible Landscape
Doctor Orlík and I
The Allotted Time
Portrait of Old Man Follow Penguin

In the Shadow of a Volcano
The Net and Loneliness

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Fredrik Sjöberg collects hoverflies on the island of Runmarö, 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.

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