New Books

Some of the Swedish and Finland-Swedish books published
in English translation in 2021

compiled by Alice E. Olsson

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New Books 2021

Some of the Swedish and Finland-Swedish books published in English translation in 2021

compiled by Alice E. Olsson


I Am the Tiger

by John Ajvide Lindqvist, translated by Marlaine Delargy

Quercus, October 2021 

Text (AU), June 2021 

Petty crime meets the superterrestrial in a supernatural crime novel where forces beyond human control are leaking into the suburbs and changing Stockholm


We Know You Remember

by Tove Alsterdal, translated by Alice Menzies

HarperCollins, September 2021

A missing girl, a hidden body, a decades-long cover-up, and old sins cast in new light – the classic procedural meets Scandinavian atmosphere in this rich, character-driven mystery, awarded Best Swedish Crime Novel of the Year


October Child

by Linda Boström Knausgård, translated by Saskia Vogel

World Editions, April 2021

A writer and mother interned in a psychiatric ward fights against the darkness


Notes from a Summer Cottage

by Nina Burton, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

Mudlark, July 2021

Poet and essayist Nina Burton writes thoughtfully and beautifully about renovating her late mother’s cottage in the Swedish countryside, and all the species she encounters during her stay


The Vanadis Expedition: An Ethnographic Voyage Around the World

by Bo G. Erikson, translated by William Sleath

Bokförlaget Stolpe, March 2021

Tells the tale of the circumnavigation involving archaeologist-explorer Hjalmar Stolpe and photographer Oscar Ekholm



by Magnus Florin, translated by Harry D. Watson

Vagabond Voices, March 2021

He is the eldest of ten siblings and takes it upon himself to run their lives, but like Linnæus in the same author’s The Garden he finds that people will insist on going their own way.


I Walked on into the Forest: Poems for a Little Girl

by Tua Forsström, translated by David McDuff

Bloodaxe Books, November 2021

I walked on into the forest is Tua Forsströms twelfth book of poetry. In some sense a continuation of the previous collection, her new book focuses more acutely on the themes of death and grief, and in particular the devastating loss of her beloved granddaughter.


The Story of Bodri

by Hédi Fried & Stina Wirsén, translated by Linda Schenck

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (US), April 2021


Black Ice

by Carin Gerhardsen, translated by Ian Giles

Mysterious Press (US), June 2021

An unpredictable psychological thriller, where nothing is what it seems. Guilt, hate and destruction is the fuel that keeps pushing this story forward and in the distance looms the sweet taste of revenge


On Love and Tyranny: The Life and Politics of Hannah Arendt

by Ann Heberlein, translated by Alice Menzies

Pushkin Press, May 2021

House of Anansi Press (CA), May 2021

An immersive new biography that shows how Arendt's groundbreaking work was intimately formed by turbulence in both the wider world and her own personal experience


The Last Snow

by Stina Jackson, translated by Susan Beard

Corvus, February 2021

In the village of Ödesmark in northernmost Sweden, everyone knows everyone else, and no-one ever forgets


The Dawn of Language

by Sverker Johansson, translated by Frank Perry

MacLehose Press, September 2021

A dizzyingly erudite and tightly woven exposition of the origins of language, taking the reader on a journey through time to figure out one of history’s greatest mysteries:
where, when and why man began to speak. 


Sweet Sweet Revenge Ltd.

by Jonas Jonasson, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

HarperCollins, April 2021

Two young Stockholmers, one Maasai medicine man, and a former ad-man join forces to exact revenge on a cruel art gallery owner



by Marit Kapla, translated by Peter Graves

Penguin Books, November 2021

An August Prize-winning collection of voices from the inhabitants of a small Swedish town, where – in the last half-century – the automation of the lumber industry and steady drip of relocations to the cities have seen the adult population dwindle to only 40-odd residents


The Unnatural Selection of Our Species

by Torill Kornfeldt, translated by Fiona Graham

Hero Press, October 2021

A book filled with curiosity, combined with a sober eye on the risks and dilemmas of gene editing


Shadow of Fog Island

by Mariette Lindstein, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

HQ, January 2021

Sofia has escaped Franz Oswald's cult, but when she decides to speak out about her experience she finds herself living a nightmare once more


A Question Mark Is Half a Heart

by Sofia Lundberg, translated by Nichola Smalley

The Borough Press, January 2021

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 2021


Nordic Fauna

by Andrea Lundgren, translated by John Litell

Peirene Press, February 2021

Foxes, whales, and angels roam this acclaimed short story collection, where the town meets the wilderness, and where people long for transformation


Silver Tears

by Camilla Läckberg, translated by Ian Giles

HarperCollins UK, July 2021

Knopf (US), July 2021

In this bold, mesmerizing story of seduction, deceit, and female power, Faye Adelheim has to fight to keep everything she has struggled to assemble for herself over the years in this sequel to The Gilded Gage


Women Without Mercy

by Camilla Läckberg, translated by Ian Giles

HarperCollins, May 2021

Three destructive marriages, maybe the only way out is to commit three perfect murders…


Truth or Dare

by Camilla Läckberg, translated by Ian Giles

HarperCollins, September 2021

Four friends. Four terrifying secrets. A night that will end in murder.


Mother of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored in an Economy Built for Men

by Katrine Marçal, translated by Alex Fleming

William Collins, June 2021

Bestselling author Katrine Marçal reveals the shocking ways our deeply ingrained ideas about gender continue to hold us back


The Night Singer

by Johanna Mo, translated by Alice Menzies

Penguin, August 2021

The scars from a family tragedy draw an estranged police detective back to her childhood home as a teenage boy’s death quickly causes the past to collide with the present


The Bucket List

by Peter Mohlin & Peter Nyström, translated by Ian Giles

The Overlook Press, July 2021

After an undercover operation in Philadelphia, Swedish-American FBI agent John Adderley enters witness protection in Karlstad, where he joins the police cold case team


The Rites of Spring

by Anders De La Motte, translated by Marlaine Delargy

Zaffre, April 2021

First in a series of four crime novels set in southern Sweden


End of Summer

by Anders De La Motte, translated by Neil Smith

Zaffre, August 2021


The Lonely Ones

by Håkan Nesser, translated by Sarah Death

PanMacmillan, October 2021

A fourth case for complex but ethically grounded Swedish cop DI Barbarotti, investigating an old and a new tragedy among the former golden youth of venerable Uppsala university; group dynamics create aching loneliness when terrible secrets must be kept hidden.


To Cook a Bear

by Mikael Niemi, translated by Deborah Bragan-Turner

MacLehose Press, September 2020

Penguin Random House (US), January 2021

A smorgasbord of philosophy, natural science, history – and a murder mystery


Knock Knock

by Anders Roslund, translated by Elizabeth Clark Wessel

Harvill Secker, June 2021

Putnam (US), January 2021



by Gustaf Skördeman, translated by Ian Giles

Zaffre, April 2021

The landline rings as Agneta is waving off her grandchildren and just one word comes out of the receiver: 'Geiger'. For decades, Agneta has always known that this moment would come, but she is shaken. She knows what it means. Retrieving her weapon from its hiding place, she attaches the silencer and creeps up behind her husband before pressing the barrel to his temple. Sara Nowak investigates.


The Lost Village

by Camilla Sten, translated by Alex Fleming

Minotaur Books, March 2021

The Blair Witch Project meets Midsommar in this brilliantly disturbing thriller from Camilla Sten, an electrifying new voice in suspense


In Bad Company

by Viveca Sten, translated by Marlaine Delargy

AmazonCrossing, January 2021

A terrified young mother, a brilliant prosecutor. Both have an instinct to protect



The Antarctica of Love

by Sara Stridsberg, translated by Deborah Bragan-Turner

MacLehose Press, September 2021

Farrar, Straus & Giroux (US), October 2021

An unfliching testament of a woman on the margins, a tale of family lost and found and a story of murder told from beyond the grave


The Labyrinth

by Simon Stålenhag, translated by Ebba Segerberg

Simon and Schuster, 2021

Skybound (US), 2021


The Book That Did Not Want to be Read

by David Sundin, illustrated by Alexis Holmqvist, translated by B.J. Epstein Woodstein

Penguin, June 2021

A book does everything in its power not to be read.


An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed

by Helene Tursten, translated by Marlaine Delargy

Soho Press, October 2021

Another irreverent short story collection as Maud looks back on her long life and tackles one or two injustices along the way in her inimitable fashion.


Hell and High Water

by Christian Unge, translated by George Goulding

MacLehose Press, August 2021


The Universal Translator

by Yens Wahlgren, translated by Annie Prime

The History Press, February 2021

Everything you need to know about 139 languages that don't really exist


The False Rose

by Jakob Wegelius, translated by Peter Graves

Pushkin Children’s Books, October 2021

Sally Jones the seafaring gorilla is back – solving a mystery in Glasgow this time!