from Waste by Sigrid Combüchen
Winner of the 2010 August Prize, Sigrid Combüchen's Waste is a story within a story, a narrative with many layers and multiple time sequences, full of empathy, humor, irony, social criticism and literary finesse.
Translated by Linda Schenck
The Commission by Jonas Karlsson
Taken from Jonas Karlsson’s second volume of short stories, this is an intriguing and somewhat disconcerting tale of an artist unwittingly unearthing some murky secrets.
Translated by Darcy Hurford
from Oh, Come and Look at This by Hannele Mikaela Taivassalo
On one level a time-travelling murder mystery, on another a meditation on travel, home and rootlessness, Hannele Mikaela Taivassalo’s haunting novel defies standard categorisation.
Translated by Sarah Death
The intellectual, the individual and the state
Anna Paterson interviews Henrik Berggren on Underbara dagar framför oss, his account of Olof Palme and his times.
Edited and compiled by Anna Paterson
Novels and short story collections
Agnes von Krusenstjerna's tetralogy charting the decline of an entire class is republished.
An historical novel about Johan Ludvig Runeberg, the Finnish national poet of the nineteenth century. With such a topic most readers would expect quite a serious approach. However, this novel was written by Erik Wahlstöm – and that makes all the difference.
Therese Bohman's chilling, atmospheric debut plumbs the darker depths of relationships.
Finland-Swedish writer Susanne Ringell’s collection of short stories provide tantalising glimpses into hidden lives, as when glinting fish dart by.
Carola Sandbacka’s historical novel focuses on the often neglected details of everyday life during the Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union.
Kioskvridning 140 grader
Peter Törnqvist's first novel is an intellectual and urban work speculating upon the world from oblique and baroque angles.
En dåre fri
Beate Grimsrud’s story about madness and creativity.
Niklas Rådström does justice to Lorenzo da Ponte.
Darling River: Doloresvariationer
Sara Stridsberg's novel engages in an interesting way with its source material: Nabokov's Dolores Haze (Lolita).
Skulle jag dö under andra himlar
Johannes Anyuru's debut novel takes inspiration from Homer.
Spill. En damroman
Sigrid Combüchen has finally won the prestigious August Prize for this cleverly composed work delving into the details of a ladies’ novel without plunging into the chicklit category.
Bengt Ohlsson bids us believe that our contemporary psychology can shape the future of individuals, as happens in this novel.
Camilla Ceder’s second novel returns to Christian Tell and his team of detectives.
Döda poeter skriver inte kriminalromaner
Björn Larsson's satire on the Scandinavian crime fiction wave abounds with meta-fictional allusions.
Den döende detektiven
Leif GW Persson's crime novel draws on his deep knowledge of the Swedish legal system and police procedure.
Kvinnan utan egenskaper
Niklas Ekdal, like Stieg Larsson, has a background in journalism; and, like Larsson, he uses the thriller genre to criticise aspects of Sweden’s recent history.
Ge mig dina ögon
Torsten Pettersson's first work of crime fiction.
Göm mig i ditt hjärta
The second volume of Torsten Pettersson's planned crime trilogy.
A collection of essays on Strinberg edited by Lena Einhorn.
Språket är Gud. Anteckningar om Joseph Brodsky
Professor of Slavonic Studies and translator Bengt Jangfeldt's vänbok (notes in remembrance) and portrait of the poet Joseph Brodsky.
Underbara dagar framför oss. En biografi över Olof Palme
A quote from Henrik Berggren explains the drive behind this biography: ‘Checking the newspaper cuttings about Palme, I realised I had found a source referring to much of the history of the twentieth century.’
Books for children and young adults
A YA novel by Sara Kadefors about life as a latchkey kid.
Mikael Niemi's take on the YA novel is full of humour, often black.