Reviews

Jerusalem & I

Jerusalem & Jag

 Rich, engaging, poignant – the mixture of personal and political, of something very Swedish and something completely different, makes for important reading. – Expressen

It is irresistible. I succumb totally. – Sydsvenska Dagbladet

Goldman persists in turning the perspectives inside and out, it is educational and intellectually stimulating. – Svenska Dagbladet

An elegant essay with the untrammeled beautiful language of Anita Goldman. She is always a pure pleasure to read. – Norrbottens-Kuriren

 

Even if I have to travel to Los Alamos

Om jag så måste resa till Los Alamos

Recently I was asked: ‘Who is the best literary commentator in Sweden? Mention a woman.’ I don’t know, maybe Anita Goldman? Her new book is a hybrid cast in one piece between personal reflection, novel and reportage. She moves in a masterly way between the point of view of the fiction writer and the journalist. – Sydsvenska Dagbladet

Anita Goldman’s new book is a documentary novel about the people behind the Bomb, the brightest and the best, who in 1943 were secretly quartered in the scenic highlands of New Mexico. Goldman travels herself to this heart of darkness of Western civilization…. When she writes about charming Oppenheimer, his fidgety wife Kitty, the suicide of the mistress Jean, the other brilliant scientists, then Goldman is brilliant. – Tidningen Vi

Anita Godman is, in the best sense, a careless writer. She is not scared of difficult subject matters, really uneasy themes and conflicts that a more lackadaisical  writer would avoid because they are incalculable. Or just  unpleasant. Like war zones.  She writes about  tangled subject matters, complicated personalities. Goldman depicts this with authority and credibility. Goldman  awakens respect – and the horror that often is sedated in more frictionless fictions than hers.  – Prize motivation for Albert Bonnier stipend for a new work of literary importance 2009

 

God’s Mistresses

Guds älskarinnor

When Anita Goldman, sharp and articulate radical feminist, confesses to her longing for mysticism, for God, for the unexpected need to kneel and praise, the text sparks. Anita Goldman has written a both sober and exuberantly happy book about running forth towards mysticism, happily throwing oneself in God’s arms and resting  there in devotion. Towards the end she complains that she hasn’t “succeeded” with prayer, meditation or other religious rituals. But can this writing on devotional singers have been my prayer, she asks herself.               Absolutely, one wants to answer.  Anita Goldman’s vivacious book on God’ mistresses is a testimony to the presence of God’s love in a human soul. Also now, also with a razor-sharp intellectual feminist, schooled in the most critical skepticism of the modern  Western project. – Aftonbladet

Speechless

Mållös

Goldman artistically treats her theme with a language that is not only impulsive but sharply fixates the moment…. It is a style without walls, floors or roof. The whole scenography is created in the beholding subject’s eyes and is dependent on emotional intelligence. It is voice and gaze more than scrip . Anita Goldman’s “Speechless” depicts the relationship between my children and other’s kids in an era of volatile  family structures in a way that is at the same time psychologically insightful and stylistically daring and sensible. – Dagens Nyheter

There are many depictions of the family in contemporary literature, but it was long ago I read someone treating the family complexes with such soft and careful hands as Anita Goldman does in this novel. Goldman carves out a piece of contemporary living with a precision that hardly ever fails. –  Kulturnytt, Sveriges Radio

Rita Rubinstein travels on the subway in the best of worlds

Rita Rubinstein åker tunnelbana i den bästa av världar.

Anita Goldman is a mournful writer, but she is also scathing and funny and she has the courage to stay with the pain without sliding into neither pathos nor sentimentality. This collection of stories is simply a pearl, black and shimmering. – Göteborgs-Posten

 

This is a gripping collection of stories which unerringly and in a clear prose deals with themes concerning what it is to be a human being. – Svenska Dagbladet

The Daughters of Stones
Stenarnas döttrar

 

With The Daughters of Stones Anita Godman broadens her authorship, she now apparently belongs to writers, like for example David Grossman and Amos Oz, who touches on the moral meeting points in Israel of today. – Dagens Nyheter

It strikes me how much deeper Anita Goldman’s way of listening  to the inner voices of friend and foe is than the often cocksure positions taken by Swedish intellectuals. It is obvious that shared pain is a better basis for a peace process. – Aftonbladet

Anita Goldman has written a powerful and passionate novel, full of the painful contradictions within the history of the Jewish people and it’s contemporary life. – Göteborgs-Posten

 

On the Danish language publication:

It would be a masterpiece – yes, almost impossible – to take down the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians  to an intimately human plane, where real women and men, children and youngsters with their feelings and sufferings, their doubts and dreams, their complexes and hopes meet and explaining in a basic way the drama of high politics in our time, in the land called holy. But it has succeeded well, with highest literary carat, in this moving novel by Anita Goldman”. – Politiken

“It is an as well great warm and strong anger in her words and – when she moves out in the world, to Holland, to the U.S. – even humor and irony. The Daugheters of Stones is not great in size, but it is great in power of its sharply drawn portraits and the deep insights into the ways human beings react. Anita Goldman opens our minds.” – Jyllandsposten

 

The last woman from Ur

Den sista kvinnan från Ur

In The last woman from Ur Anita Goldman tells, in a restrained a lightly archaic poetical language where the Biblical and mythical images appear as shiny thematical rays in the text, about Sarah who was taken from Mesopotamian Ur as a wife to Abraham…It is also a story about the humiliation of infertility and childlessness, about women’s exposed position and the violence and clumsiness of men.

                      It is a small novel with a great power in its simplicity and restraint, with a controlled sensuality in the language, which is more confident and beautiful than the language of many much more established writers”. – Dagens Nyheter,

With a charged and elevated prose, sophisticated in its simplicity, she weaves a tale about female identity which seems very contemporary emotionally….Den sista kvinnan från Ur is about the different faces of power, lost and retained power and the deepest lack of power in life. About the meaning and lack of meaning of women’s lives in the patriarchal desert, where women and men fight each other…It is set far away and in a time long since past, but it seems extremely acute in its  depiction of the endless terror of infertility and the short and amazing poetry of motherly love. – Expressen

It is a powerful story, in spite of it being a thin novel. It is  drenched with  heavy sensuality and knowledge of the Scriptures… Anita Goldman hasn’t  economized with the effects, but she deals with the hot material with an admirable stylistic confidence. The perspective is female throughout and ver  physical.” Göteborgs-Posten

On Danish language edition:

This is a mythical novel. It is remarkable that Goldman has succeded in combining a deep anthropological knowledge and the terse tone of the Biblical original with a contemporary interpretation…It is in all aspects great reading.” – Information

The last woman from Ur is a thought-provoking and well written  book, which deserves many readers”. – Week-end Avisen