STRINDBERG'S STAR is a multi-genre novel beginning in a flooded underground 18th century mine outside Falun in Sweden where an ancient artifact is discovered, sparking a cross-European chase that weaves together the mysterious Andrée North Pole expedition of 1897, an underground German sect that may have ties to the Nazis, and the mysteries of the artifact itself that could reveal a breathtaking supernatural discovery.
It is a wild story beyond all comparison, but with echoes from both Smilla’s Feeling For Snow and Indiana Jones as well as - of course - from Jules Verne’s novels. This debut novel has already garnered a huge amount of attention, and has been sold in 14 countries.
Hans Jürgen Balmes, Editor in Chief at S. Fischer Verlag, Germany, was one of the first to buy the book:
“We had heard about the project back in January and were electrified from the beginning. The promise was to square a circle: The creation of a literary novel with the virtue of a thriller: to transmit the vital energy of the genre into a novel which is European in scope and international in its achievement.
These promises where not fulfilled but surpassed. It is like if an watch-maker would have dismantled a timepiece, studied every component and detail, added precision, perfected it, and rebuilt it: but not as the same watch, but as something new. It is the first book I come across which really combines the virtue of a suspense-driven plot with the virtue of a true novel."