Scenes from the Heart

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Scenes from the Heart
Cover of book "Scener ur hjärtat" by Malena Ernman & Greta Thunberg
Cover of "Scener ur hjärtat"
AuthorsMalena Ernman, Greta Thunberg, Svante Thunberg, Beata Ernman
Original titleScener ur hjärtat
TranslatorPaul Norlen and Saskia Vogel[1]
Published23 August 2018 (2018-08-23) (first edition)[2][3]
PublisherBokförlaget Polaris
Followed byNo One is Too Small to Make a Difference 

Scenes from the Heart (Swedish: Scener ur hjärtat) is a 2018 book by Swedish opera singer Malena Ernman,[4] her husband Svante Thunberg, and their daughters, climate activist Greta Thunberg, and Beata Ernman.[5][6] It consists of three main chapters, divided into several subchapters, and opens with the poem Elegi from the poetry collection Ty by Werner Aspenström.[7] The book is written as an autobiography.[8]

The reader follows Malena Ernman and her family as they tour Europe for Ernman's singing career.[4] The book details elder daughter Greta's background and family life before she started her school strike climate campaign, as well as her diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome. It also addresses Greta's younger sister Beata's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and the family's struggle to deal with their daughters' diagnoses.[4] In the book, the girls' mother concludes that Asperger's and ADHD are "not a handicap" so much as a "superpower."[4]

The book has been translated into German. In the original Swedish edition, only Malena Ernman and Svante Thunberg are credited as authors.[3] Greta has been given top credit in new editions, and her photo is on the cover of the German edition. The book was translated into English by Paul Norlen and Saskia Vogel[1] and an updated version with contributions from the girls, and the whole family credited as authors[9] was published under the title Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis by Penguin Books on 5 March 2020.[4][10]


  • Chapter 1: Behind the Curtain
  • Chapter 2: Burned-out Humans on a Burned-out Planet
  • Chapter 3: Imagine if Life is Real and Everything We Do Means Something

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Scener ur hjärtat av Malena Ernman, Svante Thunberg (Bok)". (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b Malena Ernman (2018). Scener ur hjärtat (First ed.). ISBN 9789177951117. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Lambeck, Petra (6 May 2019). "'Scenes From the Heart': Backstory of 16-Year-Old Climate Activist Greta Thunberg". Live Wire. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  4. ^ Malena Ernman (2018). Scener ur hjärtat. ISBN 9789177951339. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  5. ^ Ernman, Malena; Thunberg, Svante; Thunberg, Beata; Thunberg, Greta (2019). Scenes from the heart. London: Particular Books.
  6. ^ Scener ur hjärtat (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  7. ^ Gunilla Kindstrand (29 December 2018). "Familjen Ernman: Utbrända barn på lika utbränd planet" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. ISSN 1101-2412. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  8. ^ Hattenstone, Simon (25 September 2021). "Interview: The transformation of Greta Thunberg". The Guardian.
  9. ^ Ernman, Malena; Ernman, Beata; Thunberg, Greta; Thunberg, Svante (5 March 2020). Our house is on fire: scenes of a family and a planet in crisis. Penguin. ISBN 978-0-143-13357-5. Paperback edition.

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