Life Goes so Fast - And so Slowly (Livet går så fort. Och så långsamt)
More than 30 years have passed, but I can still to this date grab a class photo and in less than a second have every classmate divided into correct coolness-order. I can easily list every son of a bitch in their exact order in the hierarchy. It was all about defending your position, to always strive to reach a higher level, but if you did one single thing wrong, or wearing the wrong clothes or talked to the wrong person you could all of a sudden tumble and helplessly fall further down the ladder and end up among the awkward or bullied people or simply become one of those that no one talked to.
That time. That schoolyard. That was your whole universe. With its own rules and laws. A whole kingdom without adults.
Life Goes so Fast - And so Slowly is a novel about how you’re shaped as a person, about those events in life that happens to be so crucial for who you turn out to be.
Extract from the book:
The rich kids wore down-filled Puffas and the rest of us had quilted jackets. There was a clear gulf between us determined by who was wearing what. Those of us who were harder up, were also colder. I never fastened my jacket. Having your jacket done up was pathetic. Even if the temperature outside was minus ten, you still had your jacket open. A hat was even worse. No one at school wore a hat apart from the teachers. I often had icicles in my hair if I’d washed it that morning. We were so used to being freezing. It was part of life. Standing at windswept stops with numb feet waiting for the night bus which never came.
"Damn it's so spot on. And sometimes it hits a spot right in the heart so it breaks a little. Then you're also laughing. And at times you wonder how you even managed to survive being a teenager at all."
Mats Strandberg, Best-selling Author
Reviews on Martina's previous books:
"On rare occasions when reading a book that is heartbreakingly real I carry that feeling with me for several days. There is something going on is one of those books. Martina Haag has written an outstanding divorce novel, about the thing that hurts the most. About surviving for the sake of your children even when your only wish is to sink into a dark bottomless lake."
“A heartbreaking, raw and honest story about divorce, about losing yourself for a while. Martina Haag’s good writing makes you really be a part in the process. A big applause for this work!
"It is skinless and gripping, and it is an author and a book that succeeds with something many authors struggle to do: to emotionally touch.
“It is partly the most tumbling divorce story I have read, a total, merciless honesty about all the parts you go through when being deceived by the love of your life. Under the crazy and fun reflections is a constant presence of a breath-taking abyss off grief.
Jens Liljestrand, Expressen
“The divorce story with its despair stands on it own, deeply rooted in a slow fleeting swamp of grief. Every minute of survival is an achievement.”
Ingrid Bosseldal, Göteborgs-Posten
“A horrifying depiction of a divorce with high recognition factor. This years Christmas present.”
Ann Heberlein, Dagens Nyheter
“ With both humour and sadness, a novel about hurt feelings, despair and a new born God damn it feeling.”
Kenneth Gysing, Femina
”That instinctive hunt to find proof, and the trial in understanding them, it is so heavenly well depicted, … The anger and grief over a broken marriage is described so that you can feel it, this is women’s history about how to fall down and rise again. Haag is placing her hearth so that everyone can see, and there is something very beautiful in this.”
Maria Francke, Sydsvenskan
”Martina Haag tells about a divorce so that I lose my breath. Few are those who can describe feelings better than her. The grief, anxiety, the disappearing self confidence. Parts of this book are better then everything Martina Haag has written before “
Lotta Olsson, Dagens Nyheter