The Only Thing I Want is to Live (Den enda jag vill är att leva)

Birgitta Bergin

Det enda jag vill

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Sweden: Piratförlaget


When life opens new doors.

“My name is Linnea Ingrid Wilhelmina, and my only desire is to live.”
When Nike hears the old lady’s voice on the radio it awakens something within her. Nike is living a square life and is walking on eggshells around her husband Elvis, no children and no friends. But at least she is able to go outside, unlike the old lady Linnea who is isolated in her apartment due to the pandemic. She is nearly blind and because of the government mandated restrictions she no longer receives the daily escort for her walks. The sound of Linnea’s warm voice makes Nike’s heart ache.

Nike finds the courage to contact Linnea and offers to take her out for a walk. All so she can smell the bright yellow roses near the hill up the road. This begins a friendship and journey of liberation for both of them. Nike starts embracing her newly discovered brave side. It leads her to sign up for a painting class that will open doors and change her life in ways she never could have imagined. Her life used to revolve around her husband’s rules and not daring to stand up for herself. Now it will be filled with creativity, a never-before-seen self-esteem and above all – an unexpected love.


300 pages




"Wow what a book! Fantastic. Probably book of the year!" - @milordmonica, instagram


"This book was great. Nice characters and the story was very good." - @mariajohansson book blogg


"An easy-to-read, fine-tuned story about friendship, love and daring." - @miasbok


"This is a warm and sometimes upsetting novel with depth." - @bibbloagneta