Buy Kallocain (Library of World Fiction) by Karin Boye, Richard B. Vowles, The main story is translated from Swedish to English but it flows so well and the. Kallocain is a dystopian novel by Swedish novelist Karin Boye which envisions a future of drab terror. Seen through Language English. The title you have selected (Kallocain) is a post publication by an author who died more Note: c; freely readable English translation also available .

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Jan 16, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: This poetic and moving novel deserves to be remembered in the same breath as We, Brave New Worldand other great twentieth-century dystopias.

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The kallocaain was nominated for the Retro-Hugo for Document, Fiction, Internet resource Document Type: In the novel, an idealistic scientist named Leo Kall invents Kallocain, a kind of truth serum. Please verify that you are not a robot. It’s tempting, of course, to read it not only in a s context – trapped in a world of totalitarian thinking that created engliish Stalin and Hitler and the people fighting them, and the big war just starting to gather steam – but also in relation to Boye’s personal life; as a lesbian, she faced a very real risk of getting thrown in jail simply for existing, and it’s quite likely that that pressure led to her suicide a year after Kallocain came out.

Kallocain is much more effective and a great tool for the ones in power and their ideas that since a humans’ body is the property of the state, his thoughts, feelings and ideas must be too. The main protagonist, Leo Kall, is a dutiful citizen, accepting the rules of the society. She largely stays away from the big political questions; they’re there, definitely, and we find out enough about the world Kall lives in to understand it, but the focus is still on personal politics; about what living under constant pressure to be quiet, lie and serve others does to people.

The people believing in this myth and trustful way of behavior, were seen as strange and dangerous. Working from that idea, he develops Kallocain, and after a few subjects from the Voluntary Sacrificial Service are injected with the drug and questioned as to their loyalty or knowledge of treasonous plots, Kall realizes this drug could be a great weapon in securing the state.


Leo is a scientist, who is initially very loyal to the government and develops the truth drug Kallocain. Published April 2nd by University of Wisconsin Press first published She also wrote a few novels including “Kallocain”. This page was last edited on 30 Septemberat He is married with three children and they are living in a small apartment. To whom do his thoughts and feelings belong if not the state?

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Toggle navigation Genji Press. And we’re going to analyze this in my Swedish class Would you also like to submit a review for this item? The Earth is divided into two totalitarian states fighting each other. How then could these thoughts and feelings belong to the individual?

Boye worked with the book during WW2, it was publishedso the novel has a lot of influences regarding both Germany and the Sovjet Union during that pe Gosh.

Deviance has a way of appearing by itself, whether in the form of a vague directionless yearning or something more concrete. Kall has invented a drug, kallocain, which denies the privacy of thought eenglish is the final step towards the transmutation of the individual human being into a “happy, healthy cell in the state organism. Zamyatin touched on kalkocain of the same ideas in Wewhere efforts to do away altogether with that bothersome devil, human imagination, are just getting under way.

He even invents a truth serum, Kallocain, to increase the government’s control over the people, making the world state the owner of not only the peoples’ identities, but also their souls, because the truth serum reveals their inner, most intimate emotions. Advanced Search Find a Library. View all 4 comments. My Goodreads author profile. Kall is actually a rather mediocre citizen until he finds the formula for this new drug.

Less than a year after the great and sad Kallocain saw print, Boye apparently committed suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills, and the book itself did not even appear in English kalocain But even so, 70 years later, there’s something in Kallocain that manages to make it positively uplifting.


Write a review Rate this item: Shoot them up and they relax, smile and tell you everything kalkocain they’ve been trying to keep hidden. Perfect for convicting criminals, he thinks – except pretty soon it becomes obvious that it can do so much more.

The US copyright status of kallocai title is uncertain. But, having been a socialist, Boye, after visiting the Soviet union, had began to crumble in her political conviction, especially when it came to the restricted individual freedom of the people.

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Kallocain : a novel

Anyone questioning this foundation throws suspicion upon the State. Kall saw himself as climbing a staircase of achievement, and this was how he was planning to get to the next level. Both of these reasons are no reason at all to avoid the book. I thoroughly enjoyed Gustaf Lannestock’s lyrical translation, and I highly recommend this beautiful book.

All englksh other dystopias explored the idea of the malleability of humanity through various means—social conditioning, psychological indoctrination, primordial genetic engineering, etc. Kallocain is a dystopian novel by Swedish novelist Karin Boye which envisions a future of drab terror.

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To whom should his thoughts and feelings belong then, if not to the state? In Kallocainthe torturer is Kall himself—the narrator—and from the first time he injects the drug into a volunteer we can witness the growing split between the ideals he mouths to his superiors and the cynical fascination he feels in his marrow for being able to split open a human being like a piece of fruit.

He even invents a truth serum, Kallocain, to increase the government’s control over the people, making the world state the owner of not only the peoples’ identities, but als The book is set in a future, dystopian, totalitarian world state, after a World War.

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