(An attempt at translation: We are not the ones who get each other in the end)
”Jag är en enda natt. Resultatet.” (I am one single night. The result.)
Cassiopeja is 19 years old and doesn’t know what to do with her life. Escaping the small town where she grew up, she ends up studying law with classmates living on their daddy’s money in Stockholm. While everyone around her is falling in love and getting married, she finds herself rolling her eyes at love and trying not to make the same mistakes as her mother. However, deciding to take piano lessons changes everything and makes her realize the meaning of love and life.
It’s a story about finding oneself while not knowing anything about life and what love essentially is. Only being able to relate to the world through everyone else’s eyes, until she finds herself feeling something she’d normally taunt.
Trying to figure out what to do with the life you’re given is something everybody goes trough at some point. For some, the question never gets an answer until they’re much older. We spend our life trying to be someone and do something we aren’t meant to do, but maybe that’s what we need to figure out how to do the abstract thing called life.
Needless to say, I enjoyed reading about Cassiopeja, but I also found myself screaming at her in my head because I felt she made some stupid decisions. Then again, I don’t know how I’d react if I was her. In certain aspects, she was me and I was her, yet, at the same time, we couldn’t be more different. Katarina depicts the craziness of life and love in a truthful way that makes you understand the journey one makes from being a dependent child to becoming an independent woman. Also, the relationship Cassiopeja has to the concept of love is my favorite. Katarina tells it how it is.
If you know Swedish and like contemporary lit, love and complex feelings towards life, you should definitely pick it up.