By Kjell Westö

ISBN-10: 9100134961

ISBN-13: 9789100134969

Året är 1938. Adolf Hitlers expansionspolitik väcker både vrede och beundran, inte minst i den så kallade Onsdagsklubben i Helsingfors. Det är ett informellt diskussionsforum, som består av några gamla vänner until eventually advokaten Claes Thune. Forumet är lika mycket en ursäkt för att supa ihop som för att prata politik, males detta år är det tydligt att Europas splittring också är Onsdagsklubbens, och Claes Thune börjar ge upp om dess framtid.

Thune engagerar sig i utrikespolitiken även som skribent i dagspressen, males är inte engagerad i så mycket annat. Han är frånskild och uppgiven, och ägnar sin byrå ett förstrött intresse. Som tur är har han en duglig hjälp i sin nyanställda sekreterare, Matilda Wiik.

Men fru Wiik känner sig inte särskilt duglig. Hon jagas av minnen från inbördeskriget, då hon var sexton år gammal och tvingades uppleva saker hon försökt glömma sedan dess. En dag hinner minnena ikapp henne. När Onsdagsklubben har möte på kontoret så hör hon en röst hon hade hoppats aldrig behöva höra igen.

Kjell Westö visar än en gång att han är en av Nordens viktigaste uttolkare av vår historia, av hur storpolitiken griper in i människors innersta liv. Hägring 38 följer, i en tätare och mer thrillerartad shape, linjen från hans "Helsingforsbukett", de fyra stora romaner som skildrade Helsingfors och Finlands 1900-tal: Drakarna över Helsingfors, Vådan av att vara Skrake, den Finlandiaprisbelönade Där vi en gång gått och Gå inte ensam ut i natten.

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Jonathon asked. indd 36 8/24/12 4:58 PM the twisted tragedy of miss natalie stewart “Well, someone has an odd way of knowing what company I’d keep today,” said the clerk, mopping his receding brow with a kerchief and inching his glasses up his nose. ” He slid two envelopes across the counter. One said: To a young British stranger, absurdly handsome, black hair, blue eyes. The other said: To a young auburn-­haired woman. Green eyes. Pretty. Jonathon nodded to the postman and eased me away from any listening ears and over to an alcove filled with pens, paper, and supplies.

Right. ” He scratched his head, displacing one wavy black lock. ” “Thankfully she’s good at keeping them. ” I’d had no knowledge or need of telegraphs, even if our family could have afforded them. At such a price they were a convenience for the wealthy alone. A dollar could be a whole day’s pay for many New Yorkers. I tucked the telegraphs into the drawstring bag at my wrist as Denbury began writing telegraphs of his own in return. indd 38 8/24/12 4:58 PM the twisted tragedy of miss natalie stewart of my remaining money to send a wire directly to Father, one that could not be mistaken.

How could she have known? ” I smiled amid his anxiety as the truth dawned on me. “She’s clairvoyant, my love. ” “Oh. Right. ” He scratched his head, displacing one wavy black lock. ” “Thankfully she’s good at keeping them. ” I’d had no knowledge or need of telegraphs, even if our family could have afforded them. At such a price they were a convenience for the wealthy alone. A dollar could be a whole day’s pay for many New Yorkers. I tucked the telegraphs into the drawstring bag at my wrist as Denbury began writing telegraphs of his own in return.

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