by Julie Lindahl
Is it possible to draw a line under history, particularly when that history involves our families? If we accept that there are certain essential things about the past that cannot be spoken of, does that impact us and the generations that follow? If we choose to delve into that history, are we prepared to face the consequences?
These are among the issues taken up by
The Pendulum, an autobiographical account of a Brazilian-born granddaughter who faces each of these questions, and eventually finds that she has no choice but to look into her family’s past and the part it played in National Socialism and the SS.
With this book, Lindahl demonstrates why, within the vast majority of families seventy years after the end of the Second World War, the painful work of facing the past has only just begun.
ABOUT THE BOOK
“Truths that can’t be questioned or redefined or reimagined. They are the authority. The Pendulum reminds us that you can become
trapped in your own version of the truth or your myth about yourself or society. Then when you cannot reconcile that truth with the reality around you, your last defence is to cling to it at all costs.”
– Cecilia Nordström, reader, Stockholm
“Your writing demonstrates an exquisite sensitivity to the feelings of others.”
– Neil Kutchinsky, reader, Virginia (USA)
“I have just finished reading your beautifully written story. I am feeling full of hope for the future as I put it down. An untold story is perhaps the most powerful of all and with the telling of it begins the healing.”
– Megan Cosgrove, reader, London
Papilios idé är att utveckla unika berättelser av hög kvalitet som har förmåga att beröra, informera och roa läsare, några är på svenska, andra på engelska. The Pendulum är en av dessa. Kontakta oss för mer information email@example.com
Julie Lindahl holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Wellesley College, was a Fulbright scholar in Germany and holds a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Oxford University.
During her research she was named Honorary Research Associate of University College London in connection with its ongoing work on reverberations of war in Germany and Europe since 1945. She is also a recipient of the Stevens Traveling Fellowship 2015–2016 from Wellesley College which has generously agreed to support her ongoing research work.
Julie is the founder of Stories for Society, a non-profit which works with storytelling for social transformation. She lives in Sweden with her husband and twins.
Böcker skrivna av Julie Lindahl:
The Pendulum (Papilio, 2015)
Rose in the Sand (Gather Community Press/Author House, 2011)
Letters from the Island (Senten.se, 2010)
On My Swedish Island: Discovering the Secrets of Scandinavian Well-being (Tarcher Penguin, 2005)