Yrsa Stenius, Jussi Bjorling, controversial book


Swedish- Finnish journalist Yrsa Stenius has written an unusual appreciation of Jussi Bjorling, combining intense memories of her theatrical mother's love of the tenor's singing, her own fascination with Jussi's voice and career, and her personal reflections on the stresses of a public life-where one's reputation is always at risk. She boldly interprets known facts about Jussi's public and personal life to fit her theories of the artist's creative angst, and it seems that for many readers she has put together a plausible picture. Indeed many reviews of the book have been positive, but some have been strongly negative. What are we to think, who are not Swedish and unable to read this book ourselves?

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