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Myth Meets Madness

When a twelve-year-old girl appears fully formed out of the head of her father, she is turned over to social services, where she is given the name Anna. She is sent to live with a family in northern Sweden but when it is found that she can speak in tongues, the pressure from the church becomes too much and she suffers a breakdown and is admitted into a psychiatric ward. She is torn between her budding friendship with a kind nurse and her obsession with finding her father, and at last these competing loyalties come to a head. The Helios Disaster by Linda Boström Knausgaard, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles, is a “sharply poetic novella” (The Independent), published by World Editions.