Elin Cullhed in Extensive Finnish Interview
Here is an excerpt from the interview where Cullhed discusses how Euphoria came about and how Sylvia Plath relates to her own experiences:
“It was a cold and dark winter. I was in the grip of such exhaustion that I had no energy for anything. We had a small child and I had been a mother for years. […] For me, becoming a mother is a kind of death. It is where I die. You will never be alone in your own universe in the same way again. […] I used that image of a dying mother in the novel, and it’s something that Sylvia Plath dealt with a lot in her poems, the ambivalence of being a mother. […] All the stories available about motherhood and equality were false. I couldn’t find any truthful accounts. That’s why I wanted to write about this, because I knew that Sylvia also wrote about motherhood, frustration, and despair. […] To me, there is meaning in her texts. Her voice is unmistakable as she describes the female experience, the ambivalence of the body, birth, and death. […] You can’t read her poems without something twisting within you.”
Euphoria will be published in Finland tomorrow, September 9th, by Otava/Atena.