from The Practice of Murder by Kerstin Ekman
A novel in which the main character believes himself to be the model for Hjalmar Söderberg's eponymous protagonist Doctor Glas.
Translated by Sarah Death, Anna Paterson, Linda Schenck and Rochelle Wright.
from Still Waters by Viveca Sten
Viveca Sten's fist novel, set on the atmospheric island of Sandhamn.
Translated by Marlaine Delargy
Kerstin Ekman and Swedish Crime
In this essay Anna Paterson examines the ways in which Kerstin Ekman construes crime, its origins and consequences.
Swedish Literature in Germany: A Success Story, Only Slightly Flawed
Paul Berf describes Germany's love affair with Swedish literature, led by, but not confined to, its crime fiction.
Edited and compiled by Henning Koch
Gabriella Ahlström's first novel for adults is unlike other popular contemporary Swedish books in its focus on character over plot, and readers can appreciate its minutely detailed portrait of a woman who is constantly disappointed by her family and aware of their many faults and yet remains faithful and devoted to them.
Kan du säga schibboleth?
Fans of the Persepolis graphic novels will surely be charmed by Marjaneh Bahktiari's feisty young female characters.
Men hur små poeter finnes det egentligen?
Eva-Stina Byggmästar's poems are about the joy of writing poetry, of being a poet, of what poetry is and means.
Kalle Dixelius offers a modern version of our very oldest stories: a young man living in poor conditions feels a strong inner urge to embark on a dangerous and often life-threatening quest in search of a deeper meaning in life.
Kerstin Ekman’s first-person narrator, a down-at-heel physician, follows up on a chance encounter with the writer Hjalmar Söderberg by providing him with information on potassium cyanide pills as an instrument of death...
Stridens skönhet och sorg. Första världskriget i 212 korta kapitel
Peter Englund’s book shows that there is still much to be said and new perspectives to be taken on the First World War.
Den siste greken
Aris Fioretos has written a wry meditation on human identity, loss and longing, and what it is to be Greek.
P.C. Jersild's novel raises questions concerning some of the odder reaches of Swedish life – the ‘back yard of Eden’.
Människor helt utan betydelse
The thoughts of Johan Kling's protagonist in this novel are far less meaningless than the talk of Habitat, house prices and holidays in Portugal which make up the conversations around him.
The Procession of Memories. Selected Poems 1929–1945
This bilingual edition fills a gap and introduces readers to Harry Martinson's poetry.
The poet Ulf Karol Olov Nilsson knows the extent of power a word can hold. In this collection, the absurd is juxtaposed with the tragic.
Karolina Ramqvist's gangster girlfriend plays happy homes in a novel highlighting the ease with which women (and men) can slide into a conscience-free virtual reality of glamour and luxury.
Elisabeth Rynell captures the mystical mood of her earlier novels – the wonder of the awe-inspiring scenery, the changing seasons – with the quality of legend.
De fattiga i Łódź
One of the many triumphs of Steve Sem-Sandberg's narrative is that it shows how the mechanics of persecution operate within a society of the persecuted.
Jerker Virdborg is back, with an engrossing, fast-paced, deeply unsettling dystopian tale.
Gå inte ensam ut i natten
Kjell Westö is a first-class storyteller and you don’t have to be interested in Finnish history to enjoy his books.
Sånt man bara säger
Helena von Zweigbergk is an accomplished storyteller, and the problem of this unfortunate family is compelling.