The Director

The Director


By (author) Alexander Ahndoril


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  • Publisher: Portobello Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 18mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846270480
  • ISBN 13: 9781846270482
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 1,516,033

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The Director is Ingmar Bergman; the time is 1961; and the setting is the shooting of Winter Light, a film about how his life would have been, had he followed his father's wishes and become a priest. As actors and crew gather to film this alternative destiny, Bergman tries to draw his father into the process, but quickly finds himself plunged back into the emotions of his childhood - both terrorised by his brutal and dominating father, and desperately longing for his approval - and reality gradually begins to crack and crumble, tipping him into a world of false memories and dangerous fantasies. Compelling and breathtakingly original, "The Director" mixes biographical fact with a wild kaleidoscopic imagination to reveal the boy and the man behind the great film-maker.

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Author information

ALEXANDER AHNDORIL is one of Sweden's most celebrated, dynamic and original younger writers, the author of eight novels and ten plays, as well as short stories, essays and screenplays. This is his UK debut.

Review quote

'What a great read! The writer seduced me into his world in much the same mesmerising way that Bergman might do in one of his films. A wonderful novel.' Jeremy Irons 'An utterly strange, original and unsettling novelA" published while its subject was still living, The Director arrests our attention like an autopsy performed on a living man.' Joyce Carol Oates