Archives For July 2011

In Norway, the Past Is a Foreign Country –

So if there is no road back to how things used to be, to the naïve fearlessness of what was untouched, there is a road forward. To be brave. To keep on as before. To turn the other cheek as we ask: “Is that all you’ve got?” To refuse to let fear change the way we build our society.

-Jo Nesbø

In Norway, the Past Is a Foreign Country –

Maj Sjowall – The Godmother of Scandinavian Crime Fiction | Fourth Estate.

Seems that Fourth Estate (an imprint of HarperCollins) is re-issuing the Martin Beck books with pretty new covers. There’s a quickie interview with the author at the link above for those interested. Not sure what to think of the new covers sporting quotes from both Jo Nesbø and Henning Mankell. To me they aren’t all that flattering especially the part about Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, being the “godparents of Scandinavian crime fiction.” I would have preferred something like: “the ones who started it all” or something. No? well, that’s why I don’t work in marketing.

Review of Lost World by Patrícia Melo (sequel to The Killer). Melo writing is dark and her authorial voice is compelling

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