Den tunna isen (The Thin Ice; 2019)

In her novel The Thin Ice, Lena Einhorn explores her own story and love’s perilous and vitally necessary force. It is summer when a woman unexpectedly comes swimming towards her on the dock. What at first looks like an innocent meeting makes an indelible impression on her. And she and the woman, Nicki, eventually embark on a love relationship that will take her out on thinner ice than she ever dared to tread.

But what is she afraid of, and why? In parallel with the love story, she tries to explore her own history, her own childhood. She thought she knew it. She didn’t. While working on Nina’s Journey, the feature film and book about her mother Nina, she finds letters left behind by her parents and scribbles in old books left in the attic. With the help of this material, she slowly begins to disentangle not only her mother’s life, but also the mystery of her own life.

In The Thin Ice, we follow the story of a love that in truth becomes one of life and death. And one about a perilous, intoxicating journey to the boundaries of the human emotional universe, and into her most hidden and sheltered space.

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After a hundred pages, I’m hooked. Einhorn writes psychologically without being psychologizing, accessibly without being superficial, erotically without being vulgar, stormy without being full of pathos. The remaining 400 pages could have easily been 4,000 or more…one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve read in a very long time.

Sinziana Ravini, Aftonbladet

 

As always, Einhorn is a driven storyteller with a sense of dramaturgy that forces the reader forward… And the deeply personal book becomes universal: not least as a reminder that no relationships exist without our backgrounds. We are who we are, with all our fears and our loneliness, even if each new crush wants to make us believe otherwise.

Annina Rabe, Expressen

 

When it looks – and feels – like happiness, is it happiness? Does it matter what happens next, or how long the condition lasts? Are feelings, experiences and truths equally valid even if time changes, or cancels, them? Such questions are raised by that scene, by that intense feeling of confidence and satisfaction, and by ”The Thin Ice” as a whole. They are awakened because Lena Einhorn’s book is a deep dive into the wonder and brutality of love, a close-up depiction of the art of learning to love and lose.

Therese Eriksson, SvD

 

Distinctive for several of Lena Einhorn’s novels is precisely the focus on the psychological game between people. Also typical is how freely her style flows, here often in the captivating present tense… Magnificent reading.

Monica Tunbäck-Hanson, Göteborgsposten

 

With absolute clarity, Einhorn analyzes a love relationship where power is constantly shifting, while the protagonist Lena searches for herself and her role in her own family.

Nina van den Brink, Fokus

 

Besides letting the reader follow the equally sensitive and talented Lena through her crises, creations and love relationships, Einhorn also allows the parents to emerge as very vivid figures. This is a well-written, strongly human, transformative and extremely rich story about love’s breathtaking happiness and life-threatening abyss.

Inger Littberger Caisou-Rousseau, BTJ

 

Her way of writing and telling makes the stories stick, she writes intensely and drills in without great effort. Her books are not something that you leave when you have finished reading… Lena Einhorn is open about her life in ”The Thin Ice”. It is an openness that is very valuable. She has worked hard to try to understand, to see herself and life from the outside, she has a filmmaker’s eye, but it feels like there is a lot left to process, tell and portray. Maybe she can dare a few more steps? I am convinced that the ice would hold!                                    Yvonne Gröning, Dala-Demokraten

 

The writer and filmmaker Lena Einhorn turns her gaze towards herself and her own life in the autobiographical novel ”The Thin Ice”. A skinless and brutally honest story about love, childhood and growing up. And about fear … It a striking novel, with its sincerity. More than anything, one is touched by the episodes from childhood and growing up, with the conversations with father Jerzy and mother Nina.                                                                                  Länstidningen Södertälje, and other papers

 

”The Thin Ice” is a great reading experience, personal but general at the same time. Its common thread is the ”impossible love”. You read, become engaged, sometimes tired of some things, only to be engaged again the next moment. Lena Einhorn’s book is revealing, touching and so damn good.

Ingemar Nilsson, Norrländska Socialdemokraten

 

A fine, well-written novel about love, relationships and self-knowledge.

Elisabeth Brännström, Opulens

 

As the skilled dramaturg Lena Einhorn is, she keeps the tension alive for the longest time. It is a universal and at the same time self-revealing portrayal of a doomed love relationship, where we are who we are, with our different lives, backgrounds, flaws and shortcomings. Make the best of it!

Heléne Nellvik, Social Politik