The Afghan sons

Trappscenen, Sara kulturhus, Skellefteå

Coming to Sweden as a refugee - yesterday and today

Actors Sonja Lindblom and Nina Åkerlund read from Elin Persson's novel "De afghanska sönnerna", which was awarded the Nordic Council's children's and youth literature prize in 2021.

In a subsequent conversation, we discuss refugee reception, humanity and being in a limbo between what has been and what will be.

Said of The Afghan Sons:

"The Afghan sons" is Persson's debut and an impressive one at that. It is clear that the author has a background in social work and has himself spent a couple of summers in a similar hvb home. The novel is published for young people, but can be read with equal interest by adults. It is difficult to answer if you become moreor less human from working in an institution. I only know that Persson's novel puts its finger on what it means to be a fellow human being." Dagens Nyheter

"Elin Persson's debut novel is a stylistically scathing comment on the bureaucratic exercise of authority in the Sweden of integration. It is also a fictional memoir about the people who were saved for life but who were not allowed to live. As such, it is as effective as it is affecting, with a linguistic brilliance that lingers." Norrbottens-Kuriren

20Oct 18:00 - 19:30 Trappscenen, Sara kulturhus

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Contact: Maria Asserud
Phone: +46-910715632

Organizer: Västerbottensteatern AB


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Contributor: Elin Persson, author and social anthropologist. Bobo Lundén, artistic director. Actors from the theater and a representative from the Red Cross, Skellefteå.

Conversation leader: Tora von Platen, dramaturg and playwright.