I’ve recently finishing The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist. It was originally copyrighted in 2006 in Sweden, and this translation was copyrighted in 2008. It is published by Other Press in New York and is 268 pages. This was an amazingly devastating novel.
The Unit is of the same vein as Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, the same basic principles are involved in both. I don’t want to get too much of the book away, suffice to say that it is a powerful story of love and loss, and the Holmqvist leads us to an ending we can’t help but see coming, and can’t help but hope with every page that the main character will escape the inevitable.
More than being an simply a superb novel, The Unit, along with Never Let Me Go, seem to warn seriously of a time coming when the worlds they detail are altogether possible and even probable. It is a scary world to think about, dream about, and it even makes us question the world we currently live in.
What scares me most about this novel is that writers often are on the forefront of cultural change, and I can only hope that the warning Holmqvist gives is taken seriously and the future she portrays does not come about.
I definitely recommend this read to all of my avid readers!
until next time,