Prose poems, 57 pages. Translation Lars and Louise Danielsson. Editing Elisabeth Hästbacka. Final review of translation Bo Gustavsson. ISBN 978-911976440-1-3. Trombone, Sweden.
Erixon has managed to infuse the deep sense of nature presented in this beautiful collection with our waking walking world. His lyric and economic value of consonant clusters and rolling vowel sounds break into a new crest from page to page. A truly rare and totally wonderful book.
Gary Parrish, Farfalla Press, Brooklyn NY
Peter Lucas Erixon was born in April 1962 in Strömsund, Jämtland, located right in the middle of Sweden. Childhood and adolescence in Raftälven. At the age of fifteen and after beginning in picturemaking he turned to writing. Already in the early teenage years, he made himself known in literary circles through extensive correspondence with several established writers. In 1979 he began to write literature reviews to support himself. After the age of sixteen he has had a mobile life with residences in several places, both in Sweden and abroad, which has been fruitful for his authorship.
He made his debut with a collection of poems in 1983. In his twenties, he wanted to combine literary work with film making which led in 1985 to a small short film. In 1988 he published a second collection of poems and also a collection of five short stories, marking his transition from poetry to narrative prose. The year after that came yet another collection of poems; mostly narrative prose poems with political and philosophical content. From 1988 he concentrated exclusively on prose for a period of almost exactly twenty years.
In 1991 Erixon published his first - much appreciated - novel, Hemlandet, a kind of 'historical science fiction' as it was subsequently called. In 1994 came the somewhat burlesque Väktaren vid tröskeln, and then three years later Farligt område which is an existential thriller about a man who is forced to start his life afresh; 'wellwritten', 'dramatical', 'a pageturner' were some of the comments in media. In 1998 Pequod Press published a selection of writings which mirror Erixon's social and artistic engagement since 1978.
With the innovative novel Röster och brus (2000) Peter Lucas Erixon brutally showed new breadth in his writing in a surprising way. Here you can follow a group of people in the outskirts of the underworld of New York City, and in a flood of voices pick up the harrowing fragments of the stories which are told. With experimental endeavour the novel challenges the established rules of form by building on - an often rough - dialogue. The novel moves into contemporary life in an earnest but also humourous and ironic discourse concerning good and evil. In bold provocation the book reaches into our individual and collective responsibilities.
Stoft och vind (2007), which also take place in New York City, was welcomed by leading Swedish critics as maybe Erixon's best literary work so far and was nominated as best novel of the year by Stockholm Reads. Last Remnants of the Wild: Meditations and Exercises (2008), a collection of prose poems, became his first work translated to another language and was also the first work of his in nineteen years that again borderd the poetic genre.
Erixon's latest novel, Silversnöret - based on a true crime and released on October 2011 - immediately became a success among readers and certain critics. After a few weeks the novel came out in its second edition and has become a widely read and deeply appreciated book.
2012 Peter Lucas Erixon published Fotismer, his first (really small) collection of poems in twenty three years. In 2013 came PS, a very personal book with essayistic notices about and talks with poet and artist Patti Smith, the very first book of its kind in Scandinavia.
Peter Lucas Erixon has since his early youth been involved in issues of human rights and nonviolence. During three years in the early 80's he was a Swedish supporter of the human rights organization Humanitas International (1979-1992) founded by singer Joan Baez. In the early 80's he also spent several months in jail as a conscientious objector for military service in Sweden.
Erixon is the father of two adult children, a daughter and a son. He has spent a lot of time in Manhattan, NYC. Since the summer of 2013 he has his home in the Swedish countryside.
Edited promotion texts 2001 - 2013 from Albert Bonniers förlag, Pequod Press and Trombone / Free for use
Press on the novel Silversnöret / The Silver Cord (2011)
This is a novel far from the contemporary Swedish crime novel --- a crime story in the hands of a writer who is willing and able to something much more. The objective tone and unadorned, terse, almost Homeric language is loaded with a lyrical intensity that never loosens its grip on the reader because it has something inexorably and important to say. This is as far as one could wish for anything in a documentation of something that happened, but written as an extremely well-composed and dense novel. In my opinion a masterpiece. In all its matter-of-factness, the language shimmers in a manner similar to that found in Linnaeus travel books. It feeds off the ever present forest and the light and greenery, the melancholy Nordic we carry deep within us.
This novel must strongly be commended for reading.
Hakan Andersson, Gotland Allehanda
I read the book as tied to a rail while the train relentlessly approaches.
Nils Schwartz, Expressen
The Silver Cord is an evocative novel, a rare captivating story.
Pia Bergström, Aftonbladet
Erixon describes in detail what happened, what preceded the violence, how the guilty were punished. But this is no ordinary criminal chronicle, but a book with depth. Skillfully Erixon weaves together the fate of people with the collective social development. The Silver Cord is an impressive work, it was a long time since I read such a consummate book.
Peter Swedenmark, editorial page, Norrländska Socialdemokraten
Peter Lucas Erixon has settled to the police reportings simplicity and a documentarys preciseness. That's a narrative form that strengthens the perceived feeling of authenticity. --- Peter Lucas Erixon illustrates a very tragic passion drama with a violent end, that takes the shape of a strange legal case. And his ability to capture the interest with such a seemingly unadorned narrative form, which illustrates a wraparound and end up in a suffocating pincher movement, does not give the reader a chance to get away.
Benny Holmgren, The Magazine Culture
The tight story makes it almost biblical or as valid as a classic tragedy. It's strong and it's true. An excellent novel that stays in the mind long afterwards.
Tomas Larsson, Östersunds-Posten
Particularly poignant --- Clearly one of the 2011 best novels.
Christer B Jarlås, Östersunds-Posten
Peter Lucas Erixon manages to skillfully drive up, and until the end of the novel preserve, the excitement of the true crime. --- Erixon is an artist of language who very consciously work to extract refined shades. Often he weighs between the austere, fastidious prose in short, distinct meanings and a poetic appropriation, which makes the text lift in exquisite metaphors. Undoubtedly, The Silver Cord is Peter Lucas Erixon's best book so far, a strong and poignant novel, based on solid research.
Lo Rindberg, Länstidningen, Östersund