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Even If Everything Ends by Jens Liljestrand
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Even If Everything Ends

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Length 16 hours 31 minutes
Language English
Narrators Matt Addis, Tamsin Kennard, Joe Jameson & Imogen Wilde

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Life goes on in the face of a climate crisis in this astonishing and unforgettable debut novel that follows four characters as they struggle to survive in a burning world.

Even when the climate crisis escalates beyond our worst nightmares and people become refugees, the world keeps turning and life carries on as usual: teenaged love stories, marital collapses, identity crises, and revolts against hopeless parents continue to play out.

Didrik is a forty-year-old media consultant whose misguided efforts to become the family hero render him a pathetic vision of masculine incompetence. Melissa is an influencer with a suitcase full of lost dreams after denying climate change for years. André is the nineteen-year-old loser son of an international sports star who uses the erupting violence around him to orchestrate his own personal vengeance on his negligent father. And Vilja is Didrik’s teenaged daughter who steps into a leadership role in the face of adult ineptitude.

“Simultaneously nerve-wracking, astute, and consumedly entertaining” (Sydsvenskan, Sweden) and through these four related stories, Even If Everything Ends eloquently illustrates a picture of a very near future that is at once extraordinary and entirely realistic.

Jens Liljestrand is a critically acclaimed journalist and writer in his native Sweden. He has been a critic for the newspapers Sydsvenskan and Dagens Nyheter and was a long-serving editor of the culture section of Expressen. His bestselling biography about Vilhelm Moberg, The Man in the Woods, was nominated for the prestigious August Prize. The Burning (previously published as Even If Everything Ends) is his first novel.

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"Matt Addis makes the anger and impatience in Didrik’s voice visceral as he tries to save his family as Europe burns—even while planning to end his marriage. Tamsin Kennard, as podcaster Melissa, also tells her story with impatience. In this case, it emphasizes her narcissism. Joe Jameson gives André, son of a former tennis star, a voice that alternates between needing Dad’s approval and plotting a way to get out from under the weight of his expectations. Imogen Wilde, as the voice of Didrik’s daughter, Vilja, balances impatience with the adults’ incompetence and her own belief in a viable future despite the present climate reality." Expand reviews
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