The Fly Trap

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Pantheon Books, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 278 pages
A Nature Book of the Year (The Times (UK))

"The hoverflies are only props. No, not only, but to some extent. Here and there, my story is about something else."

A mesmerizing memoir of extraordinary brilliance by an entomologist, The Fly Trap chronicles Fredrik Sj berg's life collecting hoverflies on a remote island in Sweden. Warm and humorous, self-deprecating and contemplative, and a major best seller in its native country, The Fly Trap is a meditation on the unexpected beauty of small things and an exploration of the history of entomology itself.

What drives the obsessive curiosity of collectors to catalog their finds? What is the importance of the hoverfly? As confounded by his unusual vocation as anyone, Sj berg reflects on a range of ideas--the passage of time, art, lost loves--drawing on sources as disparate as D. H. Lawrence and the fascinating and nearly forgotten naturalist Ren Edmond Malaise. From the wilderness of Kamchatka to the loneliness of the Swedish isle he calls home, Sj berg revels in the wonder of the natural world and leaves behind a trail of memorable images and stories.

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User Review  - Eoin - LibraryThing

Delightful! Easily the best Swedish entomologist's memoir I've read this year. Sj÷berg 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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User Review  - lisapeet - LibraryThing

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 Sj÷berg’s case, the study of ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Fredrik Sj÷berg is an entomologist and lives with his family on the island of Runmar÷, in the archipelago east of Stockholm. He is also a literary critic, translator, cultural columnist and the author of several books includingThe Art of Flight and The Raisin King, which are companion books toThe Fly Trap.

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