– Marianne Fredriksson
Can we now, when adults read Harry Potter and Swedish vampire novels have proved to be marketable currency, expect a movement away from the supposed realism of the crime genre in mainstream literature? If so, write Maria Ernestam’s name on the list of trendsetters.
Smart, sexy and surprising. It cleverly entices you into thinking existential thoughts of your own, which you may have thought were off your chart.
A very well written novel… marvellous fun… entertaining.
A story every bit as ice-cold and different as its title, offering extremes of fascination and excitement. Even though there has been an inflation in the literary depictions and personifications of death, this is like none other that I have read. With its contemporary setting in Stockholm, it feels modern and timeless. The language is delightful and gets a standing ovation in its own right. Read with delectation!
This is intelligent and amusing, adding a new and not entirely unpleasant perspective on reality. ‘Caipirinha with Death’ is fresh and in some curious way utterly logical.
– Nerikes Allehanda
Maria Ernestam’s debut is an original story in which questions such as morality and quality of life are examined.
– Damernas Värld
In the midst of all the chattering about how literature needs to challenge convention, Maria Ernestam actually does so with a great deal of success.
– Maria Küchen, Expressen
Beautiful, smart and memorable, so that from time to time one has to make a pause and think about it.
…morbid, black humour. I’d like to know what’s going on inside this writer’s head!
– Ingalill Mosander, Swedish Television, Go’kväll
There’s a delicious pitch-black sense of humour in this debut of Maria Ernestam, pervasive throughout this whole novel, which takes the form of an intricate crime story with philosophical interludes. With an assurance unusual in a literary debut she guides the reader through an exciting reading experience through light and dark, laughter and seriousness, realism and surrealism.
An entertaining, original book that stays in the mind.
Now, just as the sheer weight of publications on burn-out and brain stress take on an identity of their own in the Swedish book world… Ernestam attacks this social malfunction from another perspective.
The action is fascinating, imaginative and macabre. The ending is surprising and full of punch.
Gallows humour blended with a mix of sobriety and surrealism.
It could have been black right through, but the story of Erica and Death is from time to time so hilarious that I belly-laughed.
Ernestam keeps a firm hold on her story, knows what she wants to say and weaves all the threads with a sure hand into a dangerous pattern, tightly woven.
– Borås Tidning
This is a surrealistic, entertaining novel which, at a rapid pace, cautions the readers about the dangers of being too closely acquainted with Death. It can easily lead to the most unexpected complications.
This could easily have been an entirely pedestrian contemporary tale about the desire to control one’s work, friends and life. Instead it is an unusual but universally relevant story about the need to be cautious about one’s wishes – after all, they may come true.
– Situation Stockholm
When books come up on the subject of links with the supernatural, we usually expect an uneven quality. But ‘Caipirinha with Death’ by Maria Ernestam easily bears comparison with Bulgakov’s ‘The Master and Margarita’ – it really is a very, very good novel…
– Knizhnoje Obozrenie, Russia
Ernestam’s book is certainly popular fiction, but of a very high quality. It may not go into great depth on goodness and evil, or life and death, but it offers some light and entertaining reading with an unusual and powerful ending.
– Weekend.ru, Russia
An interesting story, written in simple language, with an unexpected and original ending. This fantastic book will appeal to all who believe that souls have a world of their own.
– Grazia, Russia