And the Walls Became the World All Around | Granta

  • Published: 07/11/2024
  • ISBN: 9781803511566
  • Granta Books
  • 192 pages

And the Walls Became the World All Around

Johanna Ekström, Sigrid Rausing

Translated by Sigrid Rausing

Johanna Ekström was a Swedish artist and writer who published over a dozen books of poetry, fiction and memoir in her lifetime. In 2022, ill with cancer, she asked her closest friend, Sigrid Rausing, to edit and finish her final book. Originally a memoir on the loss of a relationship during the pandemic, the focus shifted from the loss of love to, potentially, the loss of life.

These excerpts from Ekström’s notebooks interwoven with Rausing’s reflections on the text and on their friendship are a testament to a voice and a life; a book made in grief over the loss of a close friendship of over thirty years.

Johanna Ekström's prose towards the end is clear as glass. The last notebooks are amongst the best things she has ever written. Sublime, devastating

Dagens Nyheter

What really stays with me is the conjuring of an extraordinary friendship... Greater tenderness is hard to imagine

Göteborgs-Posten

What Johanna Ekström does most of all in these texts is to excavate deeper... inwards, backwards, sideways and forwards

Svenska Dagbladet

The Author

Sigrid Rausing is Editor and Publisher of Granta magazine and Publisher of Granta Books. She is the author of History, Memory and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia and the memoirs Everything is Wonderful and Mayhem.

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The Translator

Sigrid Rausing is Editor and Publisher of Granta magazine and Publisher of Granta Books. She is the author of History, Memory and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia and the memoirs Everything is Wonderful and Mayhem.

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