The snake’s path on the rock
When Torgny Lindgren wrote The Way of a Serpent, he first did not dare taking it to his publisher. For the first time ever, he had written in his childhood accent and he didn't think anyone would like to read his story about evil and the abuse of power in 19th century Sweden.
Despite the uncertainties the book was a great success and became Lindgren's definitive breakthrough. It was translated into several languages and was made into a film by Bo Widerberg.
Tea is widowed and lives with her two children in a small village which is wholly governed by the merchant Ol Karlsa. Tea is extremely poor and has to pay for her vulnerability by giving sexual services in order to provide for herself and her children. The humiliation continues, seemingly endless, when her daughter grows up and the merchant's son wants her to take over the sexual payments.
The book tells the story of a poor Sweden where power corrupts, and the poor person is deprived of the very last she has, her body and her dignity.