The Last Survivor Has Died
Everything is connected to everything.
In April 1942 the young student Isak Meyer is forced to flee to Sweden. A few months earlier he and everybody in his family were forced to have a “J” in their passport. Isak fears the worst. He has to get away.
More than seventy years later, Isak’s grandchild Jonathan is about to celebrate Christmas with his family when he learns that his father has died. Jonathan doesn’t know anything about his Jewish grandfather, but he is soon forced to confront his family story.
Isak’s fate also has consequences for Louise and Henrik, who find some old photographs and letters hidden in the floor while refurbishing the apartment. At the same time the young mother Tessa has her great secret uncovered in a novel.
In The Last Survivor Has Died, the main character never steps forward, but still plays a decisive role in the lives of the other characters. It’s a novel about history, how history is interpreted, how it is narrated and how it continues to live in all of us.