To Cook A Bear

 12.00

by Mikael Niemi

“So much to relish here . . . the plot is gripping, there’s a beautifully handled thread on reading and writing, and the writing is just lovely!” DIANE SETTERFIELD, author of Once Upon A River

“The year’s most memorable narrator . . . An unusual and intriguing crime story” SUNDAY TIMES BOOKS OF THE YEAR

“Niemi succeeds in constructing a story that works as a murder mystery and as a compelling study of a dangerously inward-looking community” SUNDAY TIMES

To Cook A Bear

It is 1852, and in Sweden’s far north, deep in the Arctic Circle, charismatic preacher and Revivalist Lars Levi Læstadius impassions a poverty-stricken congregation with visions of salvation. But local leaders have reason to resist a shift to temperance over alcohol.

Jussi, the young Sami boy Læstadius has rescued from destitution and abuse, becomes the preacher’s faithful disciple on long botanical treks to explore the flora and fauna. Læstadius also teaches him to read and write – and to love and fear God.

When a milkmaid goes missing deep in the forest, the locals suspect a predatory bear is at large. A second girl is attacked, and the sheriff is quick to offer a reward for the bear’s capture. Using early forensics and daguerreotype, Læstadius and Jussi find clues that point to a far worse killer on the loose, even as they are unaware of the evil closing in around them.

To Cook a Bear explores how communities turn inwards, how superstition can turn to violence, and how the power of language can be transformative in a richly fascinating mystery.

About the Author

Mikael Niemi was born in 1959 and grew up in Pajala in the northernmost part of Sweden, near the Finnish border, where he still lives. Before the publication of To Cook A Bear, his breakthrough novel was Popular Music From Vittula (2000), selling more than one million copies. It won the Swedish August Prize and has been translated into more than thirty languages. To Cook A Bear has now been sold for translation to fifteen territories.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 12.8 × 2.8 × 19.7 cm

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