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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Front Street; First Edition edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932425896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932425895
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,589,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Nominated for Sweden's August Prize, this dark, unsettling import explores love and loss across generations. . . . Older teens will appreciate Nilsson's layered look at how truth changes with perspective." --Booklist

"Captivating. . . . The Swedish viewpoint gives a different slant than many American readers see on the turbulent era, and since many contemporary teens (and/or their parents) romanticize or are at least fascinated by this recent era in social and political history, this will likely find a small but committed readership." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the Author

Per Nilsson was born in Malmö in 1954, and lives in Sölvesborg with his four children. He trained as a mathematics and music teacher. Heart's Delight was the first of Mr. Nilsson's books to be published in the U.S. It won first prize in Raben & Sjogren's 1992 awards competition for best love story, the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 1997, and the Dutch "Silver Kiss" in 1999.

Tara Chace holds a doctorate in Scandinavian literature and translates works that are written in Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish. Her recent literary translations include Markus and Diana by Klaus Hagerup, Heart's Delight by Per Nilsson, and You & You & You, also by Per Nilsson, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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By enigmaDAEDAL on January 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I first discovered Per Nilsson when I received "Heart's Delight" and "You and You and You" as gifts. They were amazing books, everything about them was perfect.

However, Per Nilsson is a Swedish author that writes exclusively in his first language. All of his books in English are translations. I think this book was chosen because it doesn't show off as much of Swedish life as his other Swedish language books, which would make it a little easier for international audiences to digest. However, it feels like there is still a but left out when you aren't familiar with Swedish culture.

That being said, it's still a solid read.
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