IXANDER VID METASOXL
Novel. MBM förlag, Stockholm 2003. Pocket Edition 2005.
With illustrations by the author.
To see is an act of will—
When the legendary island Metasoxl is sighted, it must be embodied into the empire.
But the island defies conquest, and like the unknown beings vaguely spotted through the lenses of the telescopes, it becomes ever more withdrawn for every attempt at striking land.
Taking its cues from legends about Alexander the Great, Hansi Linderoth’s first novel has been called “a sci-fi novel set in antiquity, of a kind the old Greeks could have written had they been familiar with Borges and Lem.”
Best Books of the Year List 2003
—Dagens Nyheter, DN Kultur
One of the precious few first novels that actually live up to the classical ideal of a literature written for ‘all and no one’.
Fabian Kastner, Upsala Nya Tidning
What first comes across as a strange pastiche […] grows to a critical parable in which the unconquerable island Metasoxl seems to promise all that worldy power desires but is destined never to attain.
Dan Jönsson, 00tal
… inventive and above all stylistically impressive. With a style both curtly matter of fact and movingly poetic, both barren and excessive, he impresses upon the story an archaic mark.
Sabina Ögren, Borås Tidning
Among this autumn’s most original writers.
Petter Bengtsson, Smålandsposten
Pocket edition 2005. Photography: Dr. Wolfgang Wranik
First edition 2003. Cover by Tomas Jönsson
Author portrait 2003. Photography: Svante Larsson