Wilful Disregard

A Novel About Love

3.72 based on 105 ratings & 25 reviews on Goodreads.com

'Lena Andersson's Wilful Disregard is a story of the heart written with bracing intellectual rigor. It is a stunner, pure and simple.' Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely Bones

Winner of the August Prize 2013

Ester Nilsson is a sensible person in a sensible relationship. She knows what she thinks and she acts according to her principles.

Until the day she is asked to give a lecture on renowned artist Hugo Rask. The man himself sits in the audience, spellbound, and when the two meet afterwards, he has the same effect on her.

From now on Ester's existence is intrinsically linked to that day, and the chain of events that unravels will change her life forever.

Bitingly funny and darkly fascinating Wilful Disregard is a story about total and desperate devotion and about how willingly we betray ourselves in the pursuit of love.

Love, famously, is blind. People in love can lose even the most basic critical faculties and become capable of monumental self-deception. Hardly a new story, but I don't think I've ever seen this particular myopia as astutely and entertainingly explored as in this stunning novel . . . bruise-tender in its detail and emotional candour.
This is a slim volume, but every word packs a punch; every other sentence is so wise and funny that it begs to be quoted. Andersson's gift for conjuring atmosphere and emotion out of small quotidian mishaps is extraordinary'

Dry wit and sharp insight . . . If she sees an intellectual pretension, she pricks it
The Economist
A creepy lucid dissection of the tangled psychology of love.
M Magazine

About Lena Andersson

Lena Andersson (b. 1970) is a novelist and columnist for Dagens Nyheter, Sweden's largest morning paper. She lives in Stockholm where she is considered one of the country's sharpest contemporary analysts. Her novel Wilful Disregard won Sweden's prestigious August Prize.

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