Author(s): Jonas Hassen Khemiri
A young man called Samuel dies, but was it an accident or suicide? An unnamed writer with an agenda of his own sets out to piece together Samuel's story. Through conversations with friends, relatives and neighbours, a portrait emerges: the loving grandchild, the reluctant bureaucrat, the loyal friend, the contrived poser. The young man who would do anything for his girlfriend Laide and share everything with his friend Vandad. Until Vandad, marginalised and broke, desperate to get closer to Samuel, drives a wedge between the friends, and Samuel loses them both. Everything I Don't Remember is an enthralling tale of love and memory. It is also the story of a writer who, in filling out the contours of Samuel's life, is trying to grasp a universal truth - in the end, how do we account for the substance of a life?
Jonas Hassen Khemiri is an internationally acclaimed novelist and playwright whose work is translated into and performed in several languages. In his native Sweden, his debut novel was a major bestseller and is considered a generation-defining book, while his second novel Montecore: The Silence of the Tiger was published to great critical acclaim. Everything I Don't Remember is his fourth novel and was awarded Sweden's prestigious August Prize. He lives in Stockholm with his family.