May 6 2011
Morten Høi Jensen: Life after Larsson
Where does the popularity of Stieg Larsson's sadistic Salander series leave the rest of Scandinavian literature in translation? In his shadow, it seems, or branded as a Crime Wave thriller—one can imagine a classic such as Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa marketed as The Girl with the Coffee Plantation. Meanwhile, a smorgasbord of literary fiction from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark is available or forthcoming in English, providing readers with a look beyond Larsson's gloomy world of torture chambers and heartless bureaucrats. The following novels make up a kind of anti-genre to the dominance of Larsson and company.
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