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Fascinating Icelandic take on the holocaust

Ondska, by Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl, is an experimenting book about a love triangle in modern day Iceland, told against the background of World War 2 and the massacre of jews in Lithuania. Agnes, granddaughter of the nazi-sympathizers who murdered her jewish … Läs mer

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The experiment remains

To Die Well (my translation, original title: Att dö väl) is the result of an interesting collaboration between Swedish science-fiction writers Eva Holmquist and Oskar Källner. On the Steampunk Festival in Gävle 2014 (Swecon) they asked people to tell them how they … Läs mer

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Disappointment is a horrible thing

Neil Gaiman is one of the writers I admire most, at least of the ones who still have a pulse. The problem is: I haven’t actually read that much of him. The Sandman, granted, The Graveyard Book, and I’ve seen … Läs mer

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The spiritual value of food

Commercial cut: Torgny Lindgrens Hash (Pölsan) is another example of his peerless language and imagination. Split into two timelines it tells the story of an old newswriter who tells the story of how Lars Högström and Robert Maser went on … Läs mer

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Susanna Clarke delivers again

British author Susanna Clarke gave us one of the best fantasy novels ever with Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell in 2004. It was a stilistic triumph, experimental and efficient, in spite of it’s clocking in at over 700 pages. How do you … Läs mer

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How far you can sink depends on the amount of water

The legend of Noah has to be considered the most symbolic of all the biblical myths. After all, it is possible to wake the dead (hospitals do it every day all over the world) and cars slide on water, if … Läs mer

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Touching mission of a de-missionary man

Commercial cut: In Norrlands Akvavit Swedish writer Torgny Lindgren says good-bye to his fictional universe of Avabäck. An old man returns to correct a mistake: In his youth he was a minister, saving the inhabitants in the name of Jesus. … Läs mer

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When anger is a sign of decency

Commercial cut: You think Sweden is hunky-dory? A caring place without abuse and injustice? Kristian Lundbergs Yarden (The Yard; my translation) will wake you up. It’s the story of the authors year-long sojourn as a day-labourer in the Malmö port. … Läs mer

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High-speed dive into the lovecraftian abyss

Commercial cut: A middle-aged woman works as a guide to a haunted house. Greed drives her deeper into unknown horrors than she bargained for. Oskar Källners Mannerskiölds Manor (Mannerskiölds herrgård) is an entertaining horror-story in Lovecrafts territory, pinning puny humans … Läs mer

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A story to be torn in two by

Commercial cut: Jane Austens Persuasion is a classic, which is both good and bad. It’s very well written, but also a bit tedious, since it tells almost exactly the same story as Austen’s other novels. The tale of Anne Elliots … Läs mer

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