Brombergs Förlag, Sweden 2011, 302 pages
Original Swedish title: Tuppen och havet
Genre: literary fiction
On a harsh, barren island on the south west coast of Sweden, famous for its rusty canoes and the white lighthouse, the usual calm is rudely interrupted by a Mexican rooster who wakes all the islanders at dawn. To solve the problem and end the infernal noise, they decide to catch a mysterious wild white mink said to live on the island, since it’s known that minks eat birds. Even though everybody has ended up on the island in search of peace and calm – and silence – the intrigue tightens and everyone gets involved in one way or another.
The Rooster and the Sea is a poetic, suggestive, comic story about the search for freedom and who you really are. The question is whether the characters are able to shut out the world or if they need each other to find themselves?
“The drama between the father and the daughter sometimes approaches a masterpiece, combining literary and psychological finesse.”
- Annina Rabe, Svenska Dagbladet
“With the novels Släktfeber and Tuppen och havet, Sara Paborn shows convincingly – and we, the critics don’t admit this too often – that there are good reasons to believe that here we have an important and constantly improving author.”
“The novel was incredibly exciting to read, I couldn’t put it down! It’s well written, with amazing flow in the storytelling. Sara Paborn controls the difficult task to paint with pictures, fragrances and feelings without falling in the trap of overusing the descriptions. The most beautiful novel this year?”
“This is a very strong novel. It’s poetic and incredibly suggestive.”
- Review on Swedish TV, Magnus Utvik