SELTA Member Publication
This publication appears on the profile of SELTA member Sarah Death.
Jonathan Cape, 2005.
Jakob Törn, a frustrated and becalmed small-town apothecary in Sweden in 1718, finds himself called upon to cope with an influx of starving soldiers from a defeated army, and then to help with the embalming of his own dead monarch. A beautifully measured, Breughelesque gem of a novel, it won the Bernard Shaw Prize for translation from Swedish and was longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Award.