Lars Gustafsson and Agneta Blomqvist have written a personal guide to their Swedish homeland. Setting off from the south their journey leads them all the way up to Norrland, from the farms of Scania to the Laponian area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But it is the idyllic fjord in Bohuslan, in the Vastmanland region, as well as Lake Malar and Stockholm that they call home. Alive with their varied interests and entertaining suggestions for excursions - from journeys across the forests and moors to collect berries and mushrooms, encountering the odd elk or wolf along the way, to visits to the graves of Kurt Tucholsky and Strindberg, Smile of a Midsummer Night is kwledgeable, loving and poetic. A must-have for all fans of Sweden.
Lars Gustafsson is one of Sweden's most eminent authors. His oeuvre has been translated into 15 languages and recognised with many awards, including the Prix International Charles Veillon des Essais (1983), the Heinrich Steffens Preis (1986), Una Vita per la Litteratura (1989), a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for poetry (1994), and many others. Agneta Blomqvist was born in 1942. She is a teacher of religion and literature and the editor of a major encyclopedia of world literature.