The Importance of Keeping Immortal Works Alive

At the time of writing, Liv Stromquist’s comic book Yes to Life has reached second place in DagensNyheter’s (DN) critics list of the week's best Swedish-language non-fiction and fiction. From the list one can see that DN’s literary critics believe that Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain is a worse book than a comic book by a feminist activist who describes her writing as originating from the following observation: ”As long as the world, Newsmill and DN's front page look as they do, there are enough things that already put people with sensible opinions into deep shock every day”.

While Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain, which first appears on the list in place four, tries to portray the essence of the European inter-war experience, the enthusiastic critics of Stromquist’s work agree that one of the most enjoyable aspects of her new book is t...

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