Archive of the Average Swede

Cabinet Books 2018

The fourth volume in Cabinet’s »24-Hour Book« series, novelist Fabian Kastner’s Archive of the Average Swede considers a project initiated by Sweden’s National Archive in the early 1980s designed to fully record the life of a typical citizen. The archive’s subject was a randomly selected government worker, at the time an employee of Stockholm’s municipal bus service, who agreed to begin donating his personal papers to the collection. The man, however, turned out to be a very different figure than what the archive had hoped for.

About the »24-Hour Book« series

Inspired by literary precedents such as automatic writing, by the resourcefulness of the bricoleur making do with what is at hand, and by the openness toward chance that all artistic production under severe constraint must necessarily incorporate, Cabinet’s »24-Hour Book« series invites a number of distinguished authors and artists to be incarcerated in an unfamiliar space to complete a project from start to finish within 24 hours.