from Grand Finale in the Trickster's Trade by Kerstin Ekman
A leading novelist reads a manuscript threatening to reveal that the books she has published over the last 50 years have been written by a ghostwriter...
Translated by Linda Schenck
from Fallwater by Mikael Niemi
Disaster strikes in the far north of Sweden. How will the people react?
Translated by Laurie Thompson
What's Wrong With Entertainment?
Helena Forsås-Scott examines Kerstin Ekman's Grand final i skojarbranschen and looks at why novels still matter.
Ruth Urbom reports on a 2013 literary translation workshop featuring a novel by Anna-Karin Palm.
Who Actually Are Translaors of the Scandinavian Languages?
Ian Giles examines the impact of receptive multilingualism on practising translators and uncovers some other details about their careers.
Edited and compiled by Anna Paterson
A shadowy, treacherous epoch, when Europe stood on the brink of war and a dark cloud of fear and intrigue – both personal and political – hung over the continent like an impending plague of locusts.
Seldom can we read a spy story of such psychological depth.
Den bästa dagen är en dag av törst
A fictional account of the writer and poet Karin Boye’s time in 1930s Berlin.
She discovers that there is blood on her dress, but she is having her period, so perhaps that is the reason? Still, she hides the dress in her closet. The bodies of her parents are found, and she is arrested.
I enslighet framfödt
A story of forbidden love and ostracism.
Vägen mot bålberget
Söderlind has taken her inspiration from a dark but horrifyingly real chapter in the history of Ångermanland. The plot revolves around Stake Mountain, a hill on which 71 local women, sentenced to death for witchcraft, were beheaded and burnt in the 1670s.
Liknelseboken: En kärleksroman
The book is very much a meta-novel. Its nine chapters consist of nine parables, corresponding perhaps to the nine leaves torn from the centre of his long-dead father’s poetry notebook. The notebook had recently come into the author’s hands, even though he had long believed that his strongly religious mother had burnt the notebook. To her way of thinking, poetry was sinful. Parables, however, were acceptable.
Personalities as varied as Greta Garbo, Linnaeus and Goethe; a disastrous Nobel Prize ceremony, desperate rides in stolen cars, the snow-covered roads of the Arctic Circle.
The butterfly effect of the title is the scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how tiny, can change the course of the universe forever.
You imagine that, within her, Violencia hosts a continuous never-ending party.
‘Madness’ is not just an idea, but rather the essence of the book.
Vinterkriget. En äktenskapsroman
He has an eye for the little absurdities of life: Helen invites her new work colleague to dinner hoping to pair him up with her friend, but her intentions are thwarted by her own husband getting too enchanted with the guy.
Dimma över Darjeeling
The first step of the plan consists of buying a tea plantation in Darjeeling.
Mördaren ljuger inte ensam
The influence of English crime fiction on Maria Lang’s novels is obvious: the closed circle of suspects, suspense, and the solution reached through use of the little grey cells with pipe-smoking as inducement to concentration.
Both prosecutors end up turning to crime to reach their goals.
En sekund i taget
The quiet underdog with hidden qualities, a loser suddenly finding that he or she can make a difference in a situation where former tormentors now have to rely on him or her.
Illustrated in rich swathes of violets, purples and blues, this picture book aims to help young children come to terms with fear of shadows and the dark.
Operation Norssken: om Stasi och Sverige under kalla kriget
A fine piece of investigative authorship.
A perfect combination for those wanting to get a grip on their own issues with ‘the system’.
En mänsklighet i mänskligheten
‘Judaism is a humanity unto itself – as diverse and heterogeneous as all of humanity on our planet.’
Hitler's Scandinavian Legacy
Drawing on the latest research, this volume is a welcome addition to the comparative histories on Scandinavia and the Second World War.