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This summer the Alumni Network Book Club will read Patrik Svensson’s “Den lodande människan”

Book Club read

Synopsis: How did humans learn to navigate the oceans? Was Magellan really the first person to circumnavigate the globe? How did the sperm whale contribute to the Enlightenment? In what ways did the Scottish baker Robert Dick change our view on the history of life? How do we really know how deep the sea is?

After his debut The Gospel of Eels, Patrik Svensson has written a book about people who have explored, mapped, tried to understand and dominate the seas. Den lodande människan is about the sea’s appeal, and the ancient desire across history that has made humans head out into the watery unknown. This is a book about human curiosity.

Den lodande människan

Author talk with Patrik Svensson

Date: 10 October 2023
Time: 18:30 CEST
Location: Zoom | Invitation and registration link will be sent out by email three weeks before the talk.

About Patrik Svensson

Patrik Svensson
Patrik Svensson / Photo: Emil Malmborg

Lund University Alumnus Patrik Svensson was born in 1972 and lives in Malmö. His debut book, The Gospel of Eels, has been published in over thirty countries to critical acclaim in the Swedish and international press. He won the August Prize for non-fiction in 2019.

International success

The Gospel of Eels was selected by Publishers Weekly in the USA as one of 2020’s best books. It was also nominated for a Good Reads Choice Award the same year and won a Carnegie Media of Excellence in 2021.