måndag 20 februari 2017

Book News: Redeeming Lucifer (Svensson 2017)


Lennart Svensson's latest novel can now be bought on Amazon. The title is "Redeeming Lucifer" and it's a spiritual adventure. ISBN 978-1-910027-20-2. Cover © Local Legend.




Redeeming Lucifer is a 208-page story of good and evil, light and dark, playing in Romania in 1917 and beyond, in mythical lands and dreamworlds. It tells the story of a Russian army captain, Carl Griffensteen, in search of the Rose That Never Withers -- a search leading to another mission, one of going to Hell and redeem Lucifer. The quest attracts the attention of sinister powers, angels and demons being part of the drama from the start. In this vortex of realities, this cosmic confluence, this metaphysical miasma, what can one man do? Will this very human hero persevere, will Carl Griffensteen succeed in Redeeming Lucifer...?

On the book's Amazon page can be found a somewhat longer plot summary, along with this statement:
This is a classic, exciting adventure story for all ages of the battle between Light and Dark, told with unique imagination and acute historical detail.
In the book proper the author is presented thus (text © Local Legend):
Lennart Svensson is a Swedish academic living in Härnösand on the northern Swedish coast. He grew up in a virtual wilderness of wooded hills and farmland, listening to his grandmother telling fairy-tales of old. Later, he cherished the stories of modern fantasy writers. Thus was born Redeeming Lucifer, his debut novel in English.
It also says this of Svensson's previous publications:
Lennart has published prose works in Swedish, notably his first novel, Antropolis (Etherion Forlag, 2009), a spiritual vision of the future, while in English he has published Borderline – A Traditionalist Outlook for Modern Man (Numen Books, 2015), a clarion call for idealism in this modern age of materialism. His first ever fiction in English was the story The Middle Zone, published in Morpheus Tales: The Best Weird Fiction, Volume 3 (2013).
And now, Svensson's novel Redeeming Lucifer is out. Buy it now. So that when in the future your kids ask you, "what did you do in 2017, did you buy the greatest story ever told, Redeeming Lucifer?" -- you can say, "I did".

Buy the Book on Amazon.com.




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Great Fiction on This Blog
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söndag 12 februari 2017

Antropolis: Palace of Perfection


This is about Antropolis, city of cities.




In 2009 I published the novel Antropolis. In Swedish. I have, however, also posted this presentation in English.

Antropolis is a novel, serious art. But -- in parallel to this I like building dioramas. And in the pictures of this post we see some of this my hobby. It is Antropolis in diorama form, 1/76 scale or whatever. Specifically, what we see in the pics are "the Palace of Perfection," (Swedish, Fullkomlighetens palats) where in the novel Jenro Klao holds a speech about olden times and new times and everything in between.

These are some not-so-serious pics of a diorama of mine, in the interzone between art and hobby. Enjoy.













Related
Presentation of the Antropolis Novel in English
Redeeming Lucifer
In Swedish: More Diorama Pics

onsdag 8 februari 2017

Forthcoming: A Novel by Yours Truly


My first novel in English is in the pipe. The title is "Redeeming Lucifer" and the publisher is UK-based Local Legend. ISBN 978-1-910027-20-2. Cover © Local Legend.




God willing, my next book will be the novel Redeeming Lucifer. It's a 177 page fantasy adventure -- an outing into the astral world and beyond, a "Gnostic" story with connections to our world, a popular tale with serious intent.

The story begins in 1917 in Romania. At the time Romania was the theater for a struggle between Russia and Germany, and the hero of the novel, Carl Griffensteen, a captain of the Russian army, is sent to recce cantonements for a regimental staff. The ride takes him to the castle of a mysterious count, Count Alexandru, and from there on the plot widens into a cosmic story of good and evil, dark and light, with Captain Griffensteen in a pivotal role.

The publisher says of the book:
Redeeming Lucifer is a tale in the finest tradition of legendary deeds, a wonderful blend of esotericism, pure imagination and acutely observed historical fact. It is also one that challenges us all to examine the deeper purposes of our own lives.
Updates on the progress of the publishing will follow. Like, when it can be bought on internet bookstores. -- As intimated, this will be my first novel in English. I've previously published novels in Swedish, like Antropolis. And in English I've published a short story, "The Middle Zone" in this anthology. So the coming roll-out of this project, the novel Redeeming Lucifer, is of course a rather great event for me personally.




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onsdag 1 februari 2017

Great Stories on This Blog


Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. I'm Lennart Svensson, the Swedish author born in 1965. I'm your host for tonight. Here I will speak about some short stories available on this blog, written by yours truly.




Stories -- by me -- on this blog. This is the subject.

I'll take them in alphabetic order.




1. Details

Details is a flash fiction piece, less than 1.000 words. This one tells of the role of details in art, in what you see around you as virtual art.




2. Going After the Saurian Baddies

True to my fiery spirit, I have written some stories about war. Here's one of a future war, having a war correspondent as main character. Going After the Saurian Baddies is the title.




3. Good Cop, Mad Cop

Another flash fiction piece is Good Cop, Mad Cop. A crime story, succinct as nothing on earth.




4. The Swedenborg Machine

A story of a Swedish mystic is The Swedenborg Machine. Rather long this one.




5. Virtual Guru

We'll end with another war story of the future: Virtual Guru. It's a story about war simulation as part of the education of army cadets.




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tisdag 10 januari 2017

Antropolis: bilder


This is a post in Swedish presenting some pictures of a diorama I made, plus a pertinent poem. To my English readers I can say that I have model soliders etc. as a hobby and here is a link to a blog post, in English, where I present some of my miniature items.




Dessa bilder föreställer Antropolis, staden som ÄR.

Bilderna torde tala för sig själva.

Jag övergår nu från tal till sång, 50 kronor till den som märker någon skillnad:
Jag har en spegel där jag kan se
alla världar i Omniversum --
Rokkana, Landet, Bostrons bolag
och Jenro Klaos antropol --
se dem upphöjda i omnisk virvel,
glorifierade, med gyllene skimmer --
gudamänniskor, skarpskurna figurer,
pregnanta sällar som sällar sig
tillsammans och sjunger, "helig-
helig-helig".

Jag har en spegel för spahis och
gardister, maxkultur och korvmångel,
rytande i natten som en Norrlandsbjörn
över fabriksvisslor och sillgrisslor,
Hi och Flippo, Fix och Foxi. Spegeln
speglar, degeln deglar, Omniversums
verser tonar ut -- och sedan träffas
vi på Trosa konditori.












Relaterat
Köp Antropolis på SF-Bokhandeln
Mer info om romanen
Antropolitansk profil 1: Hadar Lacq
Antropolitansk profil 2: Elander Lysion
Antropolitansk profil 3: Gotsis Fripp
In English: Model Soldiers from My Collection

måndag 2 januari 2017

Kurs i att skriva krigsberättelser


This is a post in Swedish promoting a pdf in that language.




Välkomna till denna kurs i att skriva krigsberättelser. Det gäller både film och romaner. Allt är mycket enkelt och kan sammanfattas i punktform:
. Du behöver inte ha någon kunskap om stora operationer, massverkan och "striden som tillstånd". Nej, ett litet löjligt kommandoföretag räcker, ett gäng grabbar på äventyr. Som i "Saving Private Ryan", "Kanonerna på Navarone", "Örnnästet", "Bron över floden Kwai" och "De nakna och de döda". All action i denna sista roman är ju koncentrerad till en patrull. Och de övriga fokuserar på liknande patrullföretag.

. Överhuvud taget är action inte så viktigt, nej koncentrera dig du på gruff mannarna emellan, lägerlivets nolltillvaro, "sergeanten är dum, majoren är dum" osv. Detta kan lösas genom att ha all eller stor del av handlingen förlagd till utbildning, som i "Full Metal Jacket".

. Känslopjunk är ett måste. Detta löses lätt i filmen med att ha smetig musik i bakgrunden till varje scen. I textform utförs det hela med introspektion i personernas psyken, gärna med tillbakablickar över vad som hänt innan, allt med målet att visa hur synd det är om dem.

. Ett tillgjort språk måste till. Kalla för all del inte en spade för en spade, nej sökta omskrivningar är alltid bäst. I film är detta lika med löjliga kameraåkningar, överdrivet långa inzoomningar på själsplågade ansikten och frosseri i militär formalia vilket ger en "ironisk" effekt.

. Du behöver inte känna till något om hur militära operationer och ledning går till, nej alla bara rusar i en skock och skjuter. Samurajartad coolness kan du strunta i. Däremot får alla soldater gärna skrika och kommentera vad de gör, à la "nu är det hett om öronen", "vi kommer aldrig att klara det här" (q.v. "Pearl Harbor").

Så går det alltså till enligt handboken. Vill ni däremot ha en krigsstory som bryter mot alla dessa regler -- som behandlar stora, sammanhängande operationer med befäl mitt i smeten som leder sina förband, utan fredsmässigt gruff och känslopjunk, med ett avskalat språk där en spade kallas spade -- kolla då in "Eld och rörelse".

"Eld och rörelse" är en novellsamling jag gav ut som pappersbok 2007. Nu finns den som fri pdf. Titelberättelsen är en gråzonsberättelse från ingenmansland. Den bryter som antytt mot alla de regler och syndrom som idag gäller för denna konstform.

Här känslopjunkas inte, här skildras inte futtiga patruller. Här GESTALTAS. Här råder, mutatis mutandum, SAMURAJARTAD COOLNESS från början till slutet. Apateia, samatva, bushido. Döden som närvarar från första sidan till sista.




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Eld och rörelse åter tillgänglig
Det röda massanfallet
Kaninbibeln

onsdag 28 december 2016

Eftermiddag i Antropolis


This is a post in Swedish presenting a picture of "Antropolis," my fictitious city.




Antropolis är staden som är alla städer. Den är belägen i astralvärlden, i drömtidens icke-tid.

Bilderna visar Avenyn i Antropolis någon gång, någon dag i denna icke-tid.




Relaterat
Köp Antropolis på SF-Bokhandeln
Mer info om romanen
Antropolitansk profil 1: Hadar Lacq
Antropolitansk profil 2: Elander Lysion
Antropolitansk profil 3: Gotsis Fripp

måndag 26 december 2016

From My Collection of Model Soldiers

I have a collection of military miniatures, collected since my early childhood. They are kept in store in a secret location Beyond the Beyond, only accessible by pump trolley along a disused railroad track. This is a selection of my plastic figures.





1. German WW II soldier, 1/32, Airfix. Actually an Afrika Korps soldier that I've painted in regular, "mainland Europe" garb. How to paint figures like these, see caption for figure 7. Details aside, learning how to paint these ready-cast, one-piece, unpainted-on-delivery figures has been a process over the years, and now I'm reasonably satisfied with the result, the highlighting giving the figure some depth, some stature, some Gestaltkvalität as the Germans say.


2. Ready-made, factory painted Britains figure, 1/32, medieval archer.


3. Various (click on the picture for blow-up).


4. Vitrine.


5. Britains and Herald indians, 1/32, factory painted.


6. German 1/32 soldier, probably Matchbox. Painted by yours truly.


7. American Paratrooper, 1/32, Airfix, painted by me in a kind of highlighting fashion gained by priming the figure in light grey, then letting it dry. Then it's about painting it in olive drab, then, while paint is still wet, rubbing some of it off with a cloth. Further, the face is done by first painting it in flesh (and letting it dry), then adding a darker color, then wiping this off. This results in having the darker paint only settle in the cavities of the face, gaining some sort of detailed paint job without having to add every single brush stroke for this. -- Details like boots, weapon, belt are then painted, done without fuss, no highlighting.


8. The previous figures, both Airfix and Britains, are solid, one-piece ones, cast in one single piece. The one in this picture is an assembled model from Taimya, 1/35, panzer grenadier, with parts like body, arms, weapon, helmet glued together. This allows for a rather fine detail job, easy to paint before assembly. I assembled this figure while I was, say, 16 or 17, and it still looks quite good -- despite absence of highlighting in the painting, that was an unknown feature back in the day. In comparison, figure 1, 6 and 7 have been painted by me this year as a middle aged artist.


9. Various.


10. Various.




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Kluge: "Slaget"
Melina Starr -- agent i befrielsen av Sverige
Castanedas värld: en ordlista
Recension på svenska av Jüngers "Der Kampf als inneres Erlebnis"

lördag 24 december 2016

Merry Christmas Everybody


Indeed.




It's Christmas. And I'll celebrate it with this picture of me as a six-year-old at pre-school, doing a mosaic. Color and pizazz, then as now. Enthroned on a part of my opus.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. And acknowledge the I AM, the divine light within.




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The New Improved Sun (poem)
Secular Hymns -- Ordinary Songs With Religious Feel
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onsdag 21 december 2016

New Book in the Pipe


Acclaimed author Lennart Svensson has written another ground-breaking work.




If everything goes according to plan, the next title by Lennart Svensson will be Actionism -- How to Become a Responsible Man.

The publisher is Manticore Books, Australia.

The new title, Actionism, is a moral statement and a selfhelp guide, teaching you to sum up your will and become a Responsible Man.

Actionism is a perennially footed, esoterically oriented selfhelp guide. It's a vortex of erudition and experience, an ethic for the active and educated man and woman.

Read more about it on the publisher's website.




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The image is a bust of Julius Caesar, a man quoted in Actionism: "I am the brother of danger... I am like the northern star... I am not afraid to tell grey-beards the truth...!"

söndag 18 december 2016

Written 18/12 2012


Good evening.



You see the image above. It's a view from Antropolis, city of cities, all cities and none. More can be read about it in my eponymous Swedish language novel, "Antropolis".

Here's a link to it (in Swedish). Not that I'm trying to sell it. I guess many are tired of buying stuff now, just before Christmas. It's just that many want to have links to stuff in any blog post.

Anyhow, this image is from Antropolis. Specifically, what we see is the Regimental Facility = "Regementets stad" in the book.

These are barracks. In Swedish, "kaserner". In German, "Kaserne". Makes you think of the song, "In den Kasernen, da warten sie -- auf menschen Brüdern, da schiessen sie."

Now I'll go and read Monier-Williams Sanskrit dictionary. Or whatever. Pre-Christmas coma prevailing.




Related (in Swedish)
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Blogginlägg från oktober

tisdag 6 december 2016

"Science Fiction Seen from the Right" Reviewed


An important thing for a published book is to be reviewed. This is part of the reception of the book. And now the first review of Science Fiction Seen from the Right has seen light of day.




The first review of Science Fiction Seen from the Right has been published. James O’Meara of Counter-Currents has meticulously read my essay, and meticulously pointed out this and that in the case. Read the review here.

You could say that the review is about 51% positive about the book. The later part of the review has some praise for it. With that in mind, there’s also some criticism aired.

As for instance regarding the traditional angle of the book.

O’Meara intimates that the book isn’t really covering traditional strains. For instance, he says that Herbert’s Dune would be “pretty much the only – book/author that fits” the traditional costume.

To this, I, as the author of the book, say: with the method employed by O’Meara, not even Dune would pass the traditionalist test. For in book 2 of the series, Dune Messiah, Herbert reverses everything heroic and grand about book 1, Dune. And God Emperor of Dune (book 4) can be read as a scathing criticism of monarchy, feudalism, religion and all. As I say in my study, Herbert had this “bipolar” strain and it’s all over the Dune series. It has instances of “anti-tradition” throughout, along with the glorious archaism and traditionalism.

The thing of it is, to find 20th century authors showcasing traditional ideals isn’t easy. There virtually aren’t any thoroughbred traditional fiction authors nowadays. Examine them closely and out comes a man that might seem like a flaming liberal in many cases. True, we do have essayists like Evola and Guénon stating what tradition is and is not. However, when looking at 20th century fiction, I find it more fruitful to examine authors who may not “be” textbook traditionalists, but who “represent” traditional strains.

With this in mind, I think it’s justified to speak of for instance Heinlein and traditionalism. For instance, look at him when he (in Space Cadet) has a general saying that an officer must be “a true and noble knight”. And when he in Glory Road has the hero giving a beginner a lecture on how to be heroic. In modern literature it doesn't get any more traditional than that.

Further, it’s justified to speak of traditionalism when looking at Tolkien and C. S. Lewis with their worlds imbued by “the feudal spirit” and faith. It’s justified to examine the authors the way I do because — again — maybe they would fail a traditionalist exam — but, the important thing is what they in critical cases “represent” — and that, to me, is traditionalism. They acknowledge eternal values like duty, honor, courage, faith and justice.

That is why my general outlook still holds, I figure.

True, in some instances I might profit from what O’Meara calls “minuscule Tradition” along with the defining, “majuscule Tradition”. The attitude of fleshing out the study with “ordinary conservatism” along with the cutting edge, archaic Traditionalism. However, this I put up on the “grey area” account. And maybe I should have supplied some disclaimers regarding this in the introduction. You can’t have too many disclaimers these days, I’ve noticed.

However, I do have disclaimers in the book. Like regarding Heinlein. Which I both give pride of place in the book, giving him chapter 1 to shine in plus a major part of the last chapter. To me, he is the “iconic” right-wing SF writer because he gloriously represents the conservative, traditional mindset in SF garb. Then, of course, he also had liberal and libertarian attitudes and this I note. I do “disclaim” Heinlein as a Traditionalist stalwart through and through. Yet, in many a good book he represented conservative attitudes and for this he will, to me, remain the iconic SF rightwinger for ever and ever amen.

Another thing. The book is not a translation, as O’Meara intimates. It was written in English, by me, from start to finish.

The review is critical. Some criticism is delivered...! But — as hinted, there’s some praise too. In all, it’s a fine text doing the book some justice. Do read it, I say.




Related
Svenssongalaxen Presentation of the Book
Buy the Book on Amazon
Buy the Book on Adlibris
Counter-Currents Reviews my SF Essay