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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fredrik Sjöberg Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9781504601450
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A rare memoir of extraordinary, mesmerizing brilliance—and a Swedish bestseller—by an entomologist fascinated with the natural world and the hidden wonders of life, and which asks: What is it that drives the obsessively curious to exploration and the practice of collecting?

Warm and humorous, self-deprecating and contemplative, The Fly Trap is a meditation on solitude, stillness, and the observation of beauty—be it found among insects or in art. Weaving a fascinating web of associations, histories, and personal memories, the book begins with Fredrik Sjöberg’s own experience as an entomologist on a tranquil, remote Swedish island and pulls in the tales of past heroic scientific expeditions to Burma and the wilderness of Kamchatka. As confounded by his unusual love of collecting flies as anyone, Sjöberg pauses to reflect on a range of ideas—the passage of time, art, freedom—drawing into dialogue writers such as Bruce Chatwin and D. H. Lawrence, and the lives of collectors such as René Edmond Malaise, inventor of the Malaise trap.

From the everyday to the exotic, The Fly Trap revels in the wonders of the natural world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The minute observations from nature reveal sudden insights into one’s life.”

    Tomas Tranströmer, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

  • “Entertaining…whimsical…rich…iconoclastic…brilliant.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Full of charm, the insects are almost incidental…It’s really a book about how to find meaning in life.”

    Times (London)

  • “[A] wry…poetic memoir.”

    New York Times

  • “Seductive reading…Sjoberg carries you along on his many excursions and detours…pulling together a digressive skein of stories across centuries and continents.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[Sjöberg] writes with infectious passion.”

    Independent (UK)

  • “A charming, off-the-beaten track, humorously self-deprecating memoir…a paean to some of the tiniest wonders of the natural world but even more to the benefits of intense focus…The Fly Trap stands as proof that great writing can lend a buzz to even the most unlikely subjects.”


  • “A badass Swede you’ve never heard of…One of my favorite books of this year was The Fly Trap, by the writer and entomologist Fredrik Sjöberg, who appears to be the Geoff Dyer of Sweden: funny, astute, intellectually voracious, simultaneously self-absorbed, and self-critical.”

    New Yorker

  • “An intriguing defense of the selfish, even hedonistic pleasures of natural history. Thomas Teal’s translation captures Sjöberg’s quiet, hypnotic style, his deadpan jokes.”

    Times Literary Supplement (UK)

  • “Wry, digressive, and packed with fantastically clipped observations.”

    Guardian (UK)

  • The Fly Trap is such an ardent, informed, and sustained brief on behalf of the planet that a plea for this or that piece of green legislation seems unnecessary. The very existence of this subtle book is a powerful argument for vigilance.”

    Daily Beast

  • “At once whimsical and yet laden with erudition and a deep feeling for the natural world and our place in it.”

    Financial Times (UK)

  • “Robert Fass’ skill in blurring the line between author and narrator shines…Fass’ easygoing tone and natural cadences highlight the author’s enthusiasm for life and his curiosity about a range of topics …Fass’ expressive narration allows listeners to appreciate the author’s wry and self-deprecating humor. In addition, he handles the Swedish and Latin terms without a hitch.”


  • “A memoir that reads like summer trapped within the pages of a warm and nourishing book…What really elevates this book is Sjöberg’s promise to have his memoir concentrate on his two-pronged mission: ‘to say something about the art and sometimes the bliss of limitation. And the legibility of landscape.’”

    BookBrowse.com (5 Stars, Editor’s Choice)

  • “A rare masterpiece…graceful, poetic, astonishing and—yes!—absolutely thrilling.”

    Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten (Viby, Denmark)

  • “Sharing the experience of solitude and reflection…in language that is often poetic, sometimes inscrutable.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2014 London Times Pick for Nature Book of the Year
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month in Nonfiction for June 2015
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for Science
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A NPR’s Great Reads Selection of 2015
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About the Author

Fredrik Sjöberg is an entomologist, literary critic, translator, cultural columnist, and the author of several books. He has written on everything from the history of the environmental movement to the insect collection of the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer. He lives with his family on the island Runmarö in the archipelago east of Stockholm.

About the Narrator

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and twice winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has earned mulltiple Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. He has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, memoir, health, journalism, and business.