TO HOLD ONESELF TOGETHER
On the Aland Islands in Scandinavia, the beauty and calm of the archipelago’s blue skies and seas are deceptive. Isolation encourages contemplation — but can it, as one grieving mother wonders, offer respite as well?
Foglo, photographed in March. A horse idly grazes along Foglovagen Road, which cuts under two bridges and through three central islands of the archipelago.
By Yiyun Li
Photographs by Nick Ballón
“THE ALAND ISLANDS — where?” It was the first question my friends asked when I told them of my plan to travel there. “An archipelago in the Baltic Sea,” I would say, “between Sweden and Finland.” But that didn’t quite seem to explain the place. “There...
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