Author Josefin Roos gave a fascinating talk about her latest critically acclaimed book Black Swallow (‘Svartsvala’) and about her earlier books. In Black Swallow, Lucía recovers consciousness after a stroke. She has no short-term memory and has to re-learn everything from scratch. Her doctor tells her that she is liable to have another stroke any time and that a pregnancy would be particularly dangerous, but she meets someone and has a child by him. Years later she falls in love again, but she is not sure if her new love is someone that she knew previously and with whom she has she already had a relationship. Black Swallow is a novel about love, about oblivion and about living and loving in the shadow of death. We were grateful to Council member Robert Freeman for arranging and hosting the online event.