TOFF'S BOOK (Toffs bok)
Toff’s Book unfolds in a Sweden that does not exist yet. It this version of Sweden Stockholm, sorry, Ståkkålm, is inhabited by oppressed ragamuffins who cough their lungs out in drafty ruins.
In this Ståkkålm Toff lives alone with his mother in a house near Hornschtull. He is 25 years old and he longs for something he cannot quite grasp. His heart is big and his head is filled with even bigger dreams. One day, he takes up a pen and starts writing. About life, the town and love. He doesn’t know why, but it feels right. So he keeps fumbling to write, even though it is forbidden, and even though he risks everything.
Two hundred years later, in 2460, Toff’s manuscript is found. It will soon become one of the Swedish history’s most important texts. It is one of few documents from perhaps the most enigmatic and mythical time in our history of the dark ages. Toff’s Book becomes an integral part not only of the Swedish literary history, but of the entire Swedish history description. And for the first time there is a classic work published in full version, with comments from one of the leading experts on contemporary history: Muhammad Bentson.
Toff’s Book. With commentary by Muhammad Bentson is tight and unusual novel about a future society where books are banned and people are willing to risk their lives for a book. With a humorous tone and a spot on future version of Swedish Kalle Dixelius, or if you prefer, Toff, pilots the reader through an unknown time. It is sad, funny and scary at the same time.
“It is with some skepticism that I first throw myself into this book, but it does not take many pages before I find myself gripped by what is an incredibly stylish, entertaining and sad story about a man and a society that valiantly struggles on, even though everything is really quite useless. Dixelius possesses several very unusual abilities: to mock our time without being didactic, the use of flash twists and unexpected moments that actually surprises. In the future, literature may be threatened, but in the adult fairy tale that is Toff’s Book it lives and thrive.”
Expressen / SWE
“It’s tantalizing to imagine your own society’s downfall and Dixelius dystopia does not feel unbelievable. It rests a dull sense of darkness over the book that is appealing.”
Smålandsposten / SWE
“Dixelius dystopia has its many hilarious elements and many good points. The foremost is that the reader realizes that any human being can become a very interesting man in the future.”
Örnsköldsvik Allehanda / SWE