Poetry. Finalist for the 2018 Best Translated Book Award. Translated from the Swedish by Johannes Göransson. "This is a threat." That's how HACKERS, Swedish writer Aase Berg's seventh book of poetry, begins. HACKERS is a furious, feminist book about wanting to "hack" the patriarchal system—both in the physically violent sense and in the sense of computer hacking. But Berg also reveals the 'hag' behind the 'hack,' channeling the non-compliant rage of Glenn-Close-as-bunny-boiler from Fatal Attraction. The world Berg "hags" back at is a world of sexist, capitalist, environmental, globalized violence. The fury of the hacker/hag/captive/revenger is constantly boiling up on the edges of Berg's compounds and highways, threatening to infiltrate the center. In these spectacular battle scenes and hacked pastorals, where nature is besieged by the highways of progress and the animals don't give a damn about the humans, the hag rises.
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Aase Berg is the author of seven books of poetry, two books of criticism, a YA novel and, most recently, the novel Haggan. These include TSUNAMI FROM SOLARIS: ESSAYS ON POETRY (Action Books, 2019), HACKERS (Black Ocean, 2017), DARK MATTER (Black Ocean, 2013), TRANSFER FAT (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), WITH DEER (Black Ocean, 2009), and REMAINLAND: SELECTED POEMS OF AASE BERG (Action Books, 2005). In 2011, she was awarded Dagens Nyheter's Lagercrantzen for her criticism. In 2012 she was awarded Aftonbladet's literary award for her poetry. Her work has been translated into numerous languages. Five books of her poetry have been translated into English.Author City: Stockholm SWE
Johannes Göransson is the author of several collections of poetry and the co-editor for Action Books and the journal Action, Yes. His translations include SENSE VIOLENCE by Helena Boberg (Black Ocean, 2020), TSUNAMI FROM SOLARIS: ESSAYS ON POETRY by Aase Berg and co-translated by Joyelle McSweeney (Action Books, 2019), WHICH ONCE HAD BEEN MEADOW by Ann Jaderlund (Black Square Editions, 2017), and HACKERS by Aase Berg (Black Ocean, 2017). He is the author of TRANSGRESSIVE CIRCULATION (Noemi Press, 2018), THE SUGAR BOOK (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2015), HAUTE SURVEILLANCE (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2013), and ENTRANCE TO A COLONIAL PAGEANT IN WHICH WE ALL BEGIN TO INTRICATE (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2011). With Joyelle McSweeney, he is the editor of HYSTERIA by Kim Yideum and translated by Jake Levine, Soeun Seo, and Hedgie Choi (Action Books, 2019).Author City: South Bend, IN USA