Hanna Johansson


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Elegant, slippery, and provocative, Antiquity is a queer Lolita story by prize-winning Swedish author Hanna Johansson — a story of desire, power, obsession, observation, and taboo.

Antiquity follows its unnamed narrator, a lonely woman in her thirties who becomes enamoured of a chic older artist, Helena, after interviewing her for a magazine. Helena invites the narrator to join her in the Greek city of Ermoupoli where she summers with her teenage daughter Olga. At first an object of jealousy, Olga morphs into an object of desire as the pull of Helena is transposed onto her daughter and the prospect of becoming someone’s first, if perverse, lover.

With echoes of Death in VeniceCall Me by Your NameThe Lover, and Lolita, but wholly original and contemporary, Antiquity probes the depths of memory, power, and the narratives that arrange our experience of the world.

Author: Hanna Johansson

Paperback  Published 30 April 2024  224 pages

‘Entrancing and calamitous, Antiquity dreams deeply into the shadows of desire and obsession. A precise and mysterious spell of a book.’ RACHEL YODER, AUTHOR OF NIGHTBITCH

‘A wonderful novel written with the menacing elegance of a cat burglar working in the shadows and at great heights.’ CATHERINE LACEY, AUTHOR OF BIOGRAPHY OF X


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