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Martin Holmén


HARRY KVIST isn’t your average anti-hero. The lead character in Clinch, the new book from Swedish writer Martin Holmén, is unapologetically bisexual. And the author is similarly fluid with his sexuality.

“I would say that I am an experimental guy. I love to try new things out,” Holmén tells me as we chat via Skype. “My preference is women, but I’ve had sex with men in the past. I think I’m settled now, but you never know. If Harry came along, I definitely would. I think he’s well sexy, but maybe I’m the only one in the world that thinks that.”

Unlikely, I’d counter. Kvist’s aggressively masculine, gruff, brooding manner is pretty much the fantasy of most gay men I know. What makes him even more interesting is that this isn’t some modern-day liberal-minded thug-for-hire, but a former working-class boxer living in 1930s Sweden. After being implicated in a murder he didn’t commit, Kvist heads out on a mission to prove his innocence, a journey that sees him dig into underground pre-war Stockholm — delving into secret drug dens and the domains of crime bosses, and encountering a hidden world of transsexuals and lustful young rent boys along the way.

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