Karolina Ramqvist

Karolina Ramqvist is one of the most influential feminists and writers of her generation in Sweden and she has published several novels, short stories, essays, and criticism in leading political and literary publications. She is the former editor-in-chief of Arena magazine and lives in Stockholm with her husband and children. The White City is her English debut.



A story of high tension, startling insights and lasting resonance.Siri Hustvedt

A sophisticated psychological thriller about control and what it means to lose it... a small and slow-burning book that bubbles with atmospheric tension.

Though the plot of Ramqvist's English debut may make it sound like a crime thriller, the pace is lulling, the writing sensuous and patiently observed... Delicate and unsparing.
Kirkus Reviews

A literary tour de force. . . Ramqvist knows how the heart works. And although her book is short. . .it displays an abundance of lyrical writing.
Mystery Scene Magazine

Ramqvist crafts a story of sparse detail that moves at a rapid pace. . . This page-turner shows one young woman's struggle to face harsh realities.
Library Journal

Karolina Ramqvist writes with frosty precision the kind of literature that is unforgettable. Her portraits of women hit deep into bone and marrow.Dorthe Nors, author of SO MUCH FOR WINTER and KARATE CHOP

With a vulnerability that brings to mind Cormac McCarthy's The Road . . . The White City is a seamless and controlled novel vibrating with subtext that cements Karolina Ramqvist's position as one of Sweden's most interesting writers.
Expressen (Sweden)

A stirring portrait of human melancholy that fills a Swedish winter with fear, grace and urgency.Rebecca Dinerstein, author of THE SUNLIT NIGHT

Ramqvist handles this small, frozen thriller masterfully in every detail.
Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)

A sharp, compelling examination of the human ideal of strength and perfection . . . The White City is as suspenseful as it is beautiful, a story told from the periphery of the criminal world, a painful portrayal of physical motherhood.
Nöjesguiden (Sweden)

An incredible novel that you experience with all your senses . . . Ramqvist's narrative voice is unique in contemporary Swedish literature.
Borås Tidning (Sweden)

An incredibly skillfully written novel . . . It bears witness to a writer who knows her craft, who doesn't need to complicate things. That is high art.
Arbetet (Sweden)

The White City confirms with desirable clarity Karolina Ramqvist's position as one of Sweden's most interesting authors right now.
Lundagård (Sweden)

Provocative . . . these meticulously portrayed physical experiences make for invaluable literature.
NRK (Norway)