Project: WolfLars Berge
Shortlisted for the Ryszard Kapuscinski Award for Literary Reportage 2020
18 000 copies sold in Sweden
This is not a book about wolves. Neither is it a natural science title. It’s a narrative about mankind; human obsession, greed and ambition. And the underlying mechanisms that led to the entirely avoidable attack in which a woman was mauled and killed by wolves, in modern day Sweden.
On the morning of 17 June 2012, a young woman was found dead inside the wolf enclosure at Kolmården Wildlife Park in southern Sweden. As part of her routine, the 30-year-old licensed wolf guide had entered the pen alone, when the wolves suddenly attacked and killed her. She then lay, undiscovered, among the wolves for several hours before the alarm was raised. The question of what really happened inside the enclosure on the fateful day has gone unanswered.
So, too, has the mystery of how the near-extinct Swedish wolf could suddenly make a come-back in large numbers in the Swedish forests in the mid-1980s. PROJECT WOLF is also a book about individuals who wanted to do good; who wanted to save the world, but got sidetracked on the way.
With the fervour of Michelle McNamara in I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, journalist Lars Berge tells the story of how nature and apex predators became an entertainment industry through humanity’s desire to control and commoditise wildlife, and our often warped relationships to nature and the animals around us.
‘An extremely well-written book, both eerie and witty, about the quest to tame the wild. Superficially, the narrative is about wolves but deep down, it’s about human hierarchies.’
— Fredrik Sjöberg, author of The Fly Trap and The Art of Flight
‘A page-turner that shakes the ground under your feet.’
‘A relentlessly thrilling reportage of a horrifying and breathtaking event.’
— Svenska Dagbladet