The One-Eyed Rabbit by Christoffer Carlsson

I have never really liked novels where the main character is a young, confused boy. The young boy perspective tends to become too much for my taste. It has probably something to do with the lack of identification. First I was afraid that it was going to turn out like it did with “Popular Music from Vittula,” a novel that everyone praises but that I do not understand at all. My fears were unfounded and my early doubts were soon forgot and replaced with manic reading. I could feel the main character’s anguish and felt worse by each page I turned. What a mess we were caught in! I was a bit relieved when I stopped reading and returned to reality and realized, phew, it was just a novel.

David Shares How He Ended Up in a Difficult Situation

During a summer break from his philosophy studies in Stockholm, David returns to the Valley which is located somewhere near the Big Lake. The childhood friend Lukas brings him to an abandoned, forgotten house in the woods, which he and a couple of friends have turned into their hangout. Lukas has a brilliant plan that he presents. They are going to make a fortune doing burglaries and then selling the stolen goods at flea markets around the country. However, something goes wrong during a break-in and a man is killed. They hide the body in the house in the woods and discover that it is not the first secret the house is hiding.

A Novel to Remember When It Is Time to Select Book of the Year

David’s story is about philosophy, drugs, friendships, burglaries, murder, threats, whispering houses, feelings, broken hearts and a one-eyed rabbit. This novel has EVERYTHING. But the novels strength lies in the details. It is thanks to those that I get lost in David’s anguish, which slowly turns into indifference to the absurd situation he and his friends have ended up in.

Translator’s note: The Swedish title is “Den enögda kaninen”. I do not if/when this novel will be translated to other languages.

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