The Details (Signed Edition)

Ia Genberg


In exhilarating, provocative prose, Ia Genberg reveals an intimate and powerful celebration of what it means to be human.


ISBN: 9781035400584


A famous broadcaster writes a forgotten love letter; a friend abruptly disappears; a lover leaves something unexpected behind; a traumatised woman is consumed by her own anxiety.

In the throes of a high fever, a woman lies bedridden.

Suddenly, she is struck with an urge to revisit a particular novel from her past.

Inside the book is an inscription: a message from an ex-girlfriend.

Pages from her past begin to flip, full of things she cannot forget and people who cannot be forgotten.

Johanna, that same ex-girlfriend, now a famous TV host.

Niki, the friend who disappeared all those years ago.

Alejandro, who appears like a storm in precisely the right moment.

And Birgitte, whose elusive qualities shield a painful secret.

Who is the real subject of a portrait, the person being painted or the one holding the brush?

The Details is a novel built around four such portraits, unveiling the fragments of memory and experience that make up a life.

A novel that, through its very bones, encapsulates one of the most important ideas of our current political moment – the necessity of connection, and our vulnerability to one other’ – Susannah Dickey, author of Tennis Lessons

A woozy, affecting dive into desire, domination and memory’ – Financial Times

An ode to the different kinds of love that form us…I won’t forget this beautiful book’ – Jenna Clake, author of Disturbance

A fever dream…a feat of characterization, a triumph of lending language and profundity to observations of daily life’ – Literary Hub

[A] miraculous sort of novel’ – Hernan Diaz, author of Trust

I wish I could write like this’ – Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove

Mesmerizing and hot to the touch’ – Catherine Lacey, New York Times

Textured insights into human nature’ – The New Yorker




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Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 5 cm