Anders Swanson always wondered why his adventure ended where others saw beginnings. He had endured the third-class crossing, the humiliations and the shattered dream of acres for himself.
Always late, he had accepted work where his able body could deliver. But lingering too long, his strength and wealth had waned into prohibition bourbon.
It was time to face retreat, the country that he once had left was now a dream for wealth. Once again he could be Anders Svensson — Sven’s son — who left his family to broken promises. For his father’s sake he would now repay those debts.
The emigration from Sweden was stunningly large. 1.3 Million Swedes emigrated from a country that was a among the poorest in Europe. Those that came first could break new land, and many were successful. Other’s became workers and faced moderate success or failure. Actually about 20% of those that emigrated returned to Sweden, that changed rapidly at the same time. Read more in the Wikipedia article here, or if you have time check out the emigrant series by Wilhelm Moberg.
The videoclip (in Swedish) is from the musical Kristina från Dufvemåla, written by Björn Ulveaus and Benny Andersson of ABBA, and describe another failure (gold turning to sand).
Friday Fictioneers is a wonderful blogging community under our faithful leader Rochelle Wissoff-Fields and we all write fiction in 100 words to the same picture.
January 7, 2014