from Twilight Over Europe by Alexander Koistinen
In this debut novel set in the not-too-distant future Alexander Koistinen follows the work of Swedish protagonist Axel Hägerstedt in his work for the EU in Brussels.
Translated by Ian Giles
'Yes, of course it hurts' by Karin Boye
Karin Boye's much-loved poem was first written in 1932.
Translated by David McDuff
from In Streaky Leaf's Water by Torgny Lindgren
With his hallmark humour Torgny Lindgren explores the relationship between artists and life.
Translated by Chris Hall
Helena Forsås-Scott (1945-2015)
Helena Forsås-Scott was a deeply committed academic and a devotee of Swedish literature. An active, advisory editor of SBR and a major contributor from the outset.
Easy and Fun: Elin Wägner’s Light-Hearted Articles in the Helsingborg Post by Helena Forsås-Scott
This article on Elin Wägner was to be the last of Helena Forsås-Scott’s many collaborative projects for Swedish Book Review.
Introduced with translated extracts by Sarah Death
compiled and edited by Fiona Graham
There is delightful period detail in food, dress and pop songs on tangle- prone cassette tapes, but older history is ever present in this sea-facing kingdom that is trying to turn its back on time.
Mannen mellan väggarna
Though crimes are definitely committed, this is not a conventional crime novel.
A slow-burning horror story that weaves magic and gore into an otherwise realistic portrayal of a dystopian Gävle.
Våran hud, värat blod, våra ben
These short stories may simply be too frightening – or perhaps unnerving – for some readers.
Det begravda berget
There are many intertextual references, usually to European philosophers, and black-and-white illustrations of paintings, landscapes, and photographs, in the spirit of the German novelist W.G. Sebald.
Over a century later, only the nationalities have changed.
Drömmar i vaket tillstånd
This extremely timely book reminds us why people flee their countries and what happens if we let ignorance and intolerance guide our minds and close our hearts.
Allt jag inte minns
Khemiri is known for his ironically self- referential approach to writing.
I tvillingarnas tecken
What do Emily Dickinson and Marilyn Monroe have in common?
Profoundly humane, inviting the young reader to sympathise with the underdog.
Billie: Avgång 9:42 till nya livet
There’s a lot of Pollyanna in Billie, but also a bit of Pippi Longstocking.
The PAX series
If this is all starting to sound like a combination of the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series, mixed with Nordic mythology, and with a large hint of Nordic noir added, then that’s a pretty accurate description.
Sagan om Turid. Kungadottern
Not only is the main character a girl, but the novel looks at other aspects of Viking life, particularly religion, literacy and social distinctions.
Innan mörkret faller: Ska 30-talet hinna ikapp oss?
It may be difficult to believe that an academic linguist saved Sweden from the temptations of a terrifying Nazi-inspired solution to the economic problems of the 1920s and 30s.
Älskade terrorist. 16 år med militanta islamister
Such benign vagueness is probably the best policy for someone who lives under threat, not only from former potentially murderous co-religionists but also assorted security agencies (the Swedish included).
Sovjets barnbarn. Ryssarna i Baltikum. Reportage
In Latvia, however, many people are constantly told they are Russians – however long they’ve lived there.
There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but there is a carbon neutral one – if we are willing to pay for it.
Sagan om Prinsessan Bulleribång
Young children’s books often feature dragons and princesses, and this one is no exception.
Mannen under trappan
A psychological study of sexual and family relationships which relies for much of its tension on folktale imagery.