Description - The Price Of Water In FinistÂ re by Bodil Malmsten
Just as there is a partner for every human being so there is a place. It is just a question of finding one's own among all those that belong to others, it is a question of being awake and choosing." With this conviction firmly in mind, acclaimed Swedish poet, feminist and journalist Bodil Malmsten abandoned her native country at the age of 55 to settle in Finistere, in Brittany. For six months she was mindlessly happy. Then, one February day, her elegant, mysterious neighbour Mrs C suggested she begin a book about her new home. Six months later, fuelled by a combination of reluctance and conviction, Malmsten wrote this celebratory meditation on 'her bit of paradise." Bodil Malmsten is no pale shadow of Peter Mayle. For one thing, she is adamant that the beauty and happiness she has found in Finistere cannot be expressed in writing. The dilemma posed by this contradiction is one of the book's main themes - the difficulty, indeed the impossibility, of ensnaring human experience in the net of language. Embroidered around this central strand are poingnant, outraged and thought-provoking observations on the widest range of subjects- how not to buy plants, the elicit pleasures
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Author Biography - Bodil Malmsten
Born in J-mtland in northern Sweden, Bodil Malmsten lived in Stockholm for 40 years before moving to Brittany in 2000. Having started out as a children's author, she turned to TV and radio, then to writing, translating and directing plays for TV and the stage, including work by Joe Orton. Her first book of poems, published in 1977, was followed by six further collections and two volumes of short stories. Malmsten is active as a journalist and public speaker, and is also the author of three prize-winning novels.