Where Love Subsides Lawlessness Will Spread

“Positive manhood, Carlberg claims, is not about war and destructiveness or power abuse and insensitivity, but about the power that makes ‘males pumped full of testosterone turn into responsible men’… This claim, in fact, confirms many feminist theories advocating that it is the masculine, not the feminine, that is a social construction.”

Ulrika Kärnborg Expressen

He is the leader of the 1968 student revolt, who later became a construction worker, a social democratic politician and the founder of the youth centre Fryshuset. Anders Carlberg lived almost all his life in the spotlight. Controversial but also loved, not least by the many young people – and not so young – that came into contact with Fryshuset over the years.

In the book, based on interviews, Anders Carlberg tells the story of his life for the first time, from growing up in Gubbängen, a suburb to Stockholm, via the classical occupation of the student union house at Stockholm university and his debates with Olof Palme to the ideas behind Fryshuset.

“Carlberg wants to create places where young people who have taken the wrong path in life can meet, on their own terms, adults or more stable peers who validate and believe in them. In chapter after chapter Carlberg talks about this calling. The Fryshuset projects fly by and form an impressive list by the end of the book. He takes part everywhere, starting up and fixing things…”

Ingrid Carlberg, Dagens Nyheter

“He is something as uncommon as an adult that actually cares. His biggest fault is that there isn’t several of him.”

Lars Linder, Dagens Nyheter