These stories are unique, philosophical, oddly shaped, opaque, and (paradoxically) illuminating. At times, they operate like memory: seemingly capricious at the outset, intensely focussed later on. I don't know of anyone else who writes quite like Gustafsson.
"Stories of Happy People" is one of my very favorite collections of stories; there's absolutely nothing like it that I know of. Lars Gustaffson--a Swedish writer long since transplanted to Texas--is one of the greatest unknown writers alive today.
Beautifully written Gustafsson blends literature with philosophy in a very poignant way within these short stories. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the combination of those things.
I like this guy. He really has a command of intuition, but I feel like he is always in a state of self-doubt. He manages to feel the moment and creates a passing second that lives vividly, but then he philosophizes beyond the moment and wastes the opportunity to be profound. Still, I like this guy. He tells me a lot about the beating heart, the hot blood,the cool calculation, the keen insight, the flat out lie.