is a mixed fiction and personal travel logg book on the development of the first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA , 1943-1945. It tells the story of the people “on the hill” from a new angle, giving prominence to the women around Robert Oppenhemier. It tries to unravel and look more deeply into the modern, scientific project, how it could give birth to weapons of mass destruction and how the de sacralization of the world has affected us.
The book received a best-book-of-the-year stipend from Albert Bonnier’s publishinghouse and in the same year I received the prize as this year’s Moa Martinsson-laureate at a ceremony in Stockholm. Moa Martinsson was the only women in a generation of Swedish writers appearing on the literary scene in the first decades of the 20th century, all of them from extremely poor working class and peasant backgrounds.