What the Swedes Read

A Reader Makes His Way Through One Book By Each Nobel Laureate

by Daniel Handler
  • LAUREATE: Miguel Ángel Asturias (1967, Guatemala)
  • BOOK READ: El Señor Presidente, translated by Frances Partridge

Before I read this book, I was against dictatorships. I mean, of course I was. Who isn’t? We know what happens with political dictatorships. Everyone is miserable. Voices are suppressed. People are slaughtered in the streets. Nowadays you’d get more people speaking up in favor of monarchy.

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Daniel Handler writes books under his own name and as Lemony Snicket.

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