Scandinavian literary news, 2010-2011

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Interview with Jussi Adler-Olsen

New Statesman has an interesting interview with the new star of Danish crime fiction, Jussi Adler-Olsen, today. Well worth reading! (5/23/2011)

Review of The Snowman by Jo Nesbo in NYT

New York Times Sunday Book Review contains a short review of Jo Nesbo's The Snowman. Nesbo keeps popping up everywhere these days. See our review of The Snowman as well!

Lots of Scandinavian movies in the pipeline!

In our blog, Scandinavian movies, we give an overview of the huge number of Scandinavian movies - both in crime fiction and drama - that are about to be released or in the making right now. It is an impressive and interesting list! (5/18/2011)

Scandinavian movies making a splash in Cannes

The Hollywood Reporter had an interesting article today, "Scandinavian Cinema Makes Presence Felt at Cannes", about the many Scandinavian movies showing at the Cannes film festival this year. The Scandinavian group is headed by Lars von Trier and Nicholas Winding Refn (The Pusher-trilogy). Writers Camilla Läckberg and Jo Nesbø will flown in as well. (5/13/2011)

Interesting interview with Jo Nesbo

Washington Post has an interesting interview with Jo Nesbo today, "Jo Nesbo, the next Stieg Larsson? Norway’s bestseller is no fan of the thought." The occasion for it is the publication of The Snowman in the US.

Per Petterson shortlisted for the Independent foreign fiction prize

Norwegian author Per Petterson has once more been shortlisted for this prestigeous prize. This time it is for his excellent novel I Curse the River of Time.

Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sells 1 million e-books

The first book in the Millennium trilogy sets a new record, according to New York Times (4/8/2011):

In what is believed to be a first for an e-book, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” by the Swedish novelist Stieg Larsson, has sold more than a million copies in its digital format, Knopf said on Thursday.

Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen tops the bestseller lists in Germany

The Danish newspaper Politiken reports that Jussi Adler-Olsen (who recently received the Glass Key award) tops the bestseller lists in Germany for the moment with his second book in the fabulous series about department Q, Fasandræberne. (9/4/2010)

Good article in Wall Street Journal about the Norwegian movie industry

A recent Wall Street Journal article about the Norwegian movie industry is extremely interesting and informative. It shows how a new model for financing movies has developed in Norway, and how it has impacted the industry. (7/23/2010)

Arn: Templar Knight on DVD arrives

Arn: Templar Knight, the historical fiction movie based on Jan Guillou's excellent Crusades Trilogy about Arn Magnusson, his love, his contribution to the crusades, and the unifiction of Sweden to one kingdom is now available for preorder! (7/22/2010)

Interesting article on Swedish Crime Fiction

Presseurop today had a very interesting article about Sweden and the way it is described in Stieg Larsson's books. It is entitled Millenium's distorting mirror, and brings interviews with Swedish crime fiction writers Håkan Nesser and Johan Theorin. (7/7/2010)

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo available with English subtitles!

Finally the first of the Millennium movies, based on Stieg Larsson's books, is available with English subtitles. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo DVD will be released on July 6, 2010, and is available for preorder from Amazon. Read more! (4/21/2010)

The Economist thinks Leif G.W. Persson may be the next "Stieg Larsson"

Leif GW PerssonLeif G.W. Persson may be the next blockbuster from Scandinavia, the Economist thinks:

"The next potential blockbuster could well be Leif G.W. Persson’s “Fall of the Welfare State”—though a more enticing title is planned for its English-language debut."

Tom Egeland won the Riverton prize for best Norwegian crime fiction in 2009

Tom Egeland won the Riverton prize for 2009 for his book "Lucifers evangelium", reports Norwegian newspaper VG today. Tom Egeland writes thrillers that are similar to those of Dan Brown in style. (3/15/2010)

Camilla Läckberg sells well in Europe

In 2009, Swedish writer Camilla Läckberg was the sixth bestselling author in Europe, beating among others Henning Mankell and John Grisham. Her books have now been published in over 20 countries. See also our review of her most recent novel, The Stonecutter. (3/6/2010)

The Millennium movies (Stieg Larsson) on DVD

The first two of the three movies in the Millennium series - Män som hatar kvinnor (Men Who Hate Women a k a The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) [Region 2 DVD] (Swedish) and The Girl Who Played With Fire [Imported] [Region 2 DVD] (Swedish) - are now available on DVD. However, as of now only with Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish subtitles. But the versions with English subtitles will be released soon I guess - the first movie will be shown in the US on 19 March 2010. We will keep you posted! See also the WSJ blog! (3/5/2010)

Wallander TV series music getting popular

The Wallander series musicIt is strange how things are inter-related. Henning Mankell write the Kurt Wallander series. The series became popular crime movies. And now the music from the Wallander movies has become popular as well. Nostalgia (Wallander Main Theme) by Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo.

You can listen to the track below purchase the song as an MP3 file for £0.80 GBP, €0.90 EUR or $1.30 USD. Click the image above for a link to amazon US. Here is a link to amazon UK: Nostalgia (Main Theme For Wallander)

New Kepler novel summer of 2010

Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports that Lars Kepler (a pseudonym) will publish a new book in the same series as The Hypnotist, and also featuring Inspector Joona Linna. The Swedish title will be "Paganini-kontraktet" (The Paganini Contract - sounds like Ludlum?). (2/19/2010)

The Girl Who Played with Fire on the bestseller lists

NPR today reports that Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Played with Fire is number 2 on the hardcover bestseller list for the week ending February 7th. At the same time, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is no. 1 on the paperback list!

The weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide in collaboration with the American Booksellers Association. Number 1 on the hardcover list is The Help , by Kathryn Stockett.

Inspector Wallander draws the crowds!

On Sunday 10 January, Kenneth Branagh as Henning Mankell's Inspector Wallander attracted 5.1 million viewers. Celebrity Big Brother lured a mere 2.7 million. Read more in The Independent! (2/2/2010)

Karen Blixen robbed of a Nobel Prize in Literature?

The Copenhagen Post online reports that recently declassified documents show that Karen Blixen was robbed of the Nobel prize due to politics in the Nobel committee. Voters were afraid of showing favouritism to Scandinavian writers so they turned down Karen Blixen as first choice in 1959. (1/31/2010)

Jo Nesbo nominated for the 2010 Edgar Award

According to Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, Jo Nesbo has been nominated for the 2010 Edgar Allan Poe Award for the "Best Novel" (see also It is Nesbo's Nemesis, translated by Don Bartlett, that has been nominated.

The other nominees for 2010 are Tim Gautreaux: The Missing, John Hart: The Last Child, Kathleen George: The Odds, Charlie Huston: Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death, and Malla Nunn: A Beautiful Place to Die.

First biography of Stieg Larsson published

The biography is written by a colleague of Larsson. According to Swedish newspaper The Local:

"In the book, entitled 'Min vän Stieg Larsson' (My Friend Stieg Larsson), journalist Kurdo Baksi alleges that the famed author of the Millennium series of novels, who also worked at the Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå (TT), wrote biased articles and even invented material."

Mel Gibson wants to make a Viking movie

According to Norwegian newspaper VG and Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Mel Gibson wants to make the best Viking movie ever. The languages of the movie will be those spoken at the time, Old English and Old Nordic. According to Gibson, Leonardo DiCaprio will play the lead male role. Gibson and colleagues are currently writing the script for the movie.

Stieg Saeterbakken reviewed in New York Times

Norwegian author Stig Saeterbakken's novel Siamese was reviewed in New York Times Book Review (1/10/2010). The novel is very dark, and deals with an aging couple involved in a lasting struggle over power. The reviewer, Jim Krusoe, sees it as a novel "traveling ... through the bleakest territory of Beckett ... [and] the desparation of his countryman Knut Hamsun." A dark, inquisitive novel! (1/12/2010)

Harry Hole's Curriculum Vitae

From Jo Nesbo's site: "Substance abuse: Alcoholism runs in the family. Started drinking heavily in his late teens, has tried most types of drugs. Views all drugs as anesthetics. Dry and sober most of the time, but with a furious and constant urge."

And: "Ambitions and future plans

Ambition: To understand what evil is. And what love is.

Future plans: The near future looks dismal. After that it gets darker. And then it all goes to hell..

See also our review of The Snowman (forthcoming), his most recent book in English.) (1/9/2010)

Bestsellers in Scandinavia: Jo Nesbo and Liza Marklund on top in Denmark

Godt Lesestoff in Norway gives the best seller lists for Denmark in October/November 2009. No huge surpises: Jo Nesbø no. 1 with Panserhjerte, his latest Harry Hole crime fiction book. And Liza Marklund occupies both the second and fifth place. Danish writers Jussi Adler-Olsen and Christian Mørk occupy the third and fourth places on the list. (1/8/2010)

The Liza Marklund - James Patteron collaboration

Swedish writer Liza Marklund has written Marklund - Patterson a book with James Patterson - the American publishing machine. According to Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet the result - entiteled Postcard Killers - is a faster paced and more action-filled novel than her previous books. (1/6/2010)

The Stieg Larsson Fortune

Daily Mail writes about The Girl who didn't Inherit a Fortune, discussing the widow of bestselling Swedish author Stieg Larsson who has not seen a penny of his £20m! (1/4/2010)

Hype on the Stieg Larsson movies

Entertainment and Showbiz writes that "Kristen Stewart to possibly play opposite George Clooney". It may seem a little early, but there you go. There is no business like showbiz! (1/4/2010)

Jo Nesbo' Panserhjerte top seller in Norway in 2009!

Godt Lesestoff reports that Jo Nesbø's latest Panserhjerte has sold 239.000 copies in Norway in 2009. That is 2.5 times the number of books sold by the number two book, Roy Jacobsen's Vidunderbarn, which sold 90.000. Herbjørg Wassmo in number three, Anne Holt with Pengemannen number four, and Karin Fossum's Varsleren is number five on the list. (1/2/2010)

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Most recent Scandinavian movies on DVD reviewed:

King of Devil's Island - Stellan Skarsgård

A Somewhat Gentle Man - Stellan Skarsgård at his very best

The Killing - an excellent Danish crime fiction TV series

Arn: Templar Knight - based on the Crusades trilogy by Jan Guillou

Jar City, excellent Icelandic crime movie based on a book by Arnaldur Indridason

Troubled Water - an extraordinary Norwegian movie

Pusher Trilogy. Hard, violent Danish movies about gangsters.

As it is in Heaven. Charming Swedish movie, romantic, funny, warm.

Max Manus - about a hero in the Norwegian resistance during WWII

Flame and Citron - about the Danish resistance during WWII

Antichrist and other movies by Danish Lars von Trier

The Van Veeteren collection (Hakan Nesser)

Kurt Wallander series (Henning Mankell)

Irene Huss movies (Boxed set) Helene Tursten

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