The Book and Reading

(Bokens och läsandets förvandlingar)

The history of the book and of reading is also a mirror of Man’s self-reflection and the book market reflects our interests, needs and longings over time. Today the book itself faces challenges from new technologies. What can the physical bookstore do to survive – and why this fear of Amazon?

And what is really happening to our ability to comprehend when we read increasingly less on paper? Contributors to the book include influential names in research on books and literature as well as people from the business including Norstedt’s Eva Gedin and Storytel’s Rustan Panday.

Text in Swedish
Boken och läsandets förvandlingar
ISBN: 978-91-89069-00-8
30 illustrations. 24 x 17 cm (portrait). 144 pp
Autumn 2019

Hilma af Klint

Visionary

(Hilma af Klint: Tidsandans visionär)

Hilma af Klint’s works have taken the international art world by storm, more than one hundred years after they were created. Around the turn of the 20th century, the new spiritual and social movements of theosophy and later anthroposophy came to inspire the pioneers of modernism and abstract art – Kandinsky, Mondrian, Malevich – and Hilma af Klint. What was the zeitgeist that inspired such an artistic explosion?

This anthology is based on a seminar held at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York at the opening of its highly-acclaimed exhibition Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future in October 2018. Among the writers in the volume are the former director of Moderna Museet, Daniel Birnbaum, Guggenheim’s director of collections, Tracey Bashkoff, and art historian and af Klint expert Julia Voss.

Hilma af Klint: Visionary
(Hilma af Klint: Tidsandans visionär)
ISBN Eng: 978-91-63972-03-4
ISBN Swe: 978-91-98523-70-6
60 illustrations. 29 x 23 cm (portrait). 128 pp
Autumn 2019

Hilma af Klint: Notebooks

Hilma af Klint Notebook: The Ten Largest No.1 Childhood Group IV
Hilma af Klint Notebook: The Ten Largest No 3. Youth Group IV

These blank-page notebooks are hardbound with covers featuring two of Hilma af Klint’s most iconic artworks, The Ten Largest No.1 Childhood Group IV and The Ten Largest No 3. Youth Group IV.

ISBN Blue Notebook: 978-91-89069-21-3
ISBN Yellow Notebook: 978-91-89069-22-0
24 x 17.5 cm (portrait). 160 pp
Autumn 2019

Rural Urbanism

When summer arrives, tourists replace the city’s usual residents, who instead flock to the countryside. But more and more people are moving to – or closer to – big cities, and they no longer work the land. At the same time, we are still as dependent on what the countryside has to offer in terms of food. What role will our rural designs and the cultivation of organic food play in the future? New Ruralism and Rural Agrarian Urbanism may provide solutions to these challenges.

This book, with contributions from leading experts in the field, addresses issues such as sustainable food production and community planning.

Rural Urbanism
ISBN: 9978-91-98523-68-3
30 illustrations. 22.5 x 16 cm (portrait). 136 pp
Autumn 2019

Decadence and Decay

From Ancient Rome to the Present

The fear of living in the end times has a long history. In Decadence and Decay, a group of distinguished international scholars describe how societies over time have handled and interpreted the concept of decline. In times of unrest and transition, “declinism” – the notion that a culture or civilisation is headed towards irreversible decline – tends to capture the public imagination.

The essays in this volume address how notions of decadence and decay have been used both as opprobrium and as a form of self-definition and empowerment – an instrument to protect individualism against collectivistic oppression. From ancient Rome to the present, ideas and expressions of decadence and decay have played a critical role in how we perceive the world.

Decadence and Decay – From Ancient Rome to the Present
ISBN: 978-91-985236-5-2
100 illustrations. 29 x 25 cm (portrait). 300 pp
Autumn 2019

Populismens idéer

Från antikens Rom till idag

(Populism – From Ancient Rome to the Present)

“Populist” has become one of the most popular insults of our time. In this anthology, some of Sweden’s most interesting opinion makers and social scientists consider the question of what populism is, from a historical and contemporary perspective, and whether politics can ever completely relinquish populist ideas.

Is our era experiencing a genuine rise in populist ideas, in response to ever growing interest in them? If that is the case, where do these ideas have a particular impact and where do they have a hard time gaining traction? Is it possible to identify a common denominator for populist movements or can each be understood simply on its own terms?

Text in Swedish
Populismens idéer – Från antikens Rom till idag
ISBN: 978-91-98523-62-1
30 illustrations. 24 x 17 cm (portrait). 148 pp
Autumn 2019

Den kinesiska idén

Från Konfucius till Xi Jinping

(The Chinese Idea – From Confucius to Xi Jinping)

Xi Jinping has established an iron grip on the world’s most populous country, and in terms of ideas, China is also asserting itself in the world. What role do nationalism and longer historical perspectives play? In these five essays, some of Sweden’s most prominent sinologists consider the foundational ideas of China – from Confucius to today.

Text in Swedish
Den kinesiska idén
ISBN: 978-91-63972-04-1
30 illustrations. 24 x 17 cm (portrait). 80 pp
Summer 2019

The Sampans from Canton
The Sampans from Canton

The Sampans from Canton

(Sampanerna från Kanton)

The Sampans from Canton is an award-winning book consisting of 99 Chinese gouaches from the second half of the 18th century. In minute detail, they depict an entire community afloat on the water, with the various sampan vessels used for everything from the sale of fruit and religious ceremonies to warfare and thievery.

Together, these gouaches constitute one of the largest collections of hand-painted Chinese works preserved from this period.

The Sampans from Canton
(Sampanerna från Kanton)
ISBN Eng: 978-91-63972-02-7
ISBN Swe: 978-91-63972-01-0
99 illustrations. 27 x 36 cm (landscape)
220 + 48 pp of stand-alone essays
Autumn 2018