Oskar is a twelve year old boy living with his mother in Blackeberg, Stockholm in the 1980s. Bullied at school and obsessed by morbid thoughts, Oskar is frequently alone, brooding on revenge fantasies. One evening at the playground in his housing complex he encounters a new neighbor his own age. Eli, a child who only comes out at night, never feels the cold, who sometimes looks thin and wasted and sometimes appears the picture of health. United in their isolation, they become friends. Meanwhile, a series of perverse murders haunts the town, and soon the whole country... Entirely creepy, emotionally complex, full of original scenes and compelling characters, Lindqvist pulls off a vampire novel that defies the conventions of this now-pervasive subject to produce something original, atmospheric and in many ways deeply compassionate.
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