n this follow-up to The Fly Trap, Sj berg continues to explore the pleasures and trials of those who spend their time tracing the smallest details of the natural world. Calling on his childhood memories and experience as a hoverfly collector, and following the trail of long forgotten entomologists before him who left their native Sweden for the United States, Sj berg contemplates the richn
Fredrik Sj berg collects hoverflies on the island of Runmar , in the archipelago east of Stockholm. He is also a literary critic, translator, cultural columnist and the author of several books, including The Fly Trap and The Raisin King, which form a trilogy with The Art of Flight.
Digressive, discursive and delightful. -- Michael Kerr * Telegraph * A joy . . . Fredrik Sjoeberg's best-selling memoir The Fly Trap marked him as a maestro of the episodic. Here, he completes a trilogy. * Nature * By his own admission Sjoeberg has a "butterfly mind"; the effect of his narrative excursions amounts to a sort of Sebald-lite, albeit without the fictional element. What insures this approach against triviality is the author's patient alertness to pattern, to telling correspondence. -- Nat Segnit * Times Literary Supplement *