A System So Magnificent it is Blinding longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2023

Scribe is delighted to share that A System So Magnificent it is Blinding by Amanda Svensson (translated from the Swedish by Nichola Smalley) has been longlisted for the 2023 International Booker Prize.

This year, the International Booker judges are Uilleam Blacker, Parul Sehgal, Tan Twan Eng, and Frederick Studemann, chaired by Leïla Slimani. ‘When a set of adult triplets learn that one of them might have been switched in the hospital after their birth, each of them become convinced that they are the changeling. Amanda Svensson’s raucous, sprawling debut takes on the enigmas of our origins, riddles of human consciousness and animal cognition, doomsday cults, and the most bedeviling of mysteries — the minds and choices of our closest intimates,’ said the judges about the book. 

Describing the longlist overall, the judges stated that, ‘It celebrates the variety and diversity of literary production today, the different ways in which the novel can be viewed. We wanted to give the reader the chance to discover this and to find something that will move or disturb them. The list is also a celebration of the power of language and of authors who wanted to push formal enquiry as far as possible. We wanted to celebrate literary ambition, panache, originality and of course, through this, the talent of translators who have been able to convey all of this with great skill.’ 

Congratulations to Amanda and Nichola for their work on this brilliant book. 

A System So Magnificent It Is Blinding


Are we free to create our own destinies or are we just part of a system beyond our control?

A joyful family saga about free will, forgiveness, and how we are all interconnected.

In October 1989, a set of triplets is born, and it is this moment their father chooses to reveal his affair. Pandemonium ensues.

Over two decades later, Sebastian is recruited to join a mysterious organization, the London Institute of Cognitive Science, where he meets Laura Kadinsky, a patient whose inability to see the world in three dimensions is not the only thing about her that…

Read more

Related content


Amanda Svensson

Amanda Svensson grew up in Malmö. She studied creative writing and has…



Nichola Smalley

Nichola Smalley is a translator of Swedish and Norwegian literature.…

Quick view

A System So Magnificent It Is Blinding

Amanda Svensson

Cover view