Last Winter's Snow
This is the story of Nilas and how he navigates life, trying to reconcile being gay as well as being Sami. Set over several decades, we follow Nilas and his Swedish husband Casper, as they build a life amid the shallows of bigotry, discrimination, and the onset of the AIDS crisis.
Last Winter’s Snow portrays recent LGBT history from a Swedish perspective, from the days when being gay was considered a “mental disorder” to today’s modern anti-discrimination legislation and the move toward equality. It’s also the story of one couple and the ups and downs of everyday life in the face of changing rules and attitudes toward them and their relationship.
Last, not least, it’s a book that celebrates the rich history and culture of the Sami and their land Sápmi, as well as their ongoing struggle to achieve recognition and win back the right to self-determination over lands they’ve lived on for thousands of years.
Last Winter’s Snow is Hans M Hirschi’s first novel set almost entirely in Sweden, but it is the second time (after The Fallen Angels of Karnataka) he takes his readers on a journey into the mountainous regions of Scandinavia in one of his acclaimed novels.
Hans Hirschi has written a brilliant book. I’ve learned so much about another country and another culture and another time with this story. I love it when writers combine fact with their fiction. Thank you Hans Hirschi so much for sharing Nilas’s and Casper’s journey with us. I hope that everyone who reads this review will also read this book. It is truly very well written.
Hirschi has truly woven a beautiful tale. The wonderful Swedish imagery evoked, from the mountains of the North to the Islands of the West, coupled with Nilas and Casper’s journey, has created a novel that I will read again and again.
My favorite book of 2017 thus far. 5 Stars *****
As with most of Hirschi’s novels, I had the sense of being invited into his home to pull up a chair and hear a story. The flow of the narration has an almost personal feel to it. This is what I love and why I keep coming back to read more.
For gorgeous scenery, realistic relationships, and a story full of warmth and optimism, this gets 10/10 fountain pens.
Mr Hirschi’s books always draw attention to discrimination and oppression, making us question our beliefs and attitudes. This book is dedicated ‘to the oppressed minorities of the world’ and all the books I’ve read by this author could bear the same dedication. […]
This is an excellent book that could help younger generations understand recent LGBT history and will also raise consciousness about oppression and intolerance in general. And, we sure need it more than ever.
Please get this book, and if you aren’t familiar with Hans’ work, you will be hooked after this one! Thanks Hans, for not only giving us an amazing book, but also for teaching us an amazing lesson!
ebook: 978 1 78645 122 4
Paperback: 978 1 78645 121 7