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Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Barry Forshaw, the UK's principal crime fiction expert, presents a celebration and analysis ofthe Scandinavian crime genre; from Sjöwall and Wahlöö's Martin Beck series, through Henning Mankell's Wallander, to Stieg Larsson's demolition of the Swedish Social Democratic ideal in the publishing phenomenon The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 15th 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published January 1st 2012)
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Harry
What I have learned from Barry Forshaw is that knowledge of anything lends the possessor of that knowledge subtle pleasures more rich and atmospheric than that which is provided to those not possessing such knowledge.

For an American audience it is difficult to understand that in spite of the proximity of various Scandinavian countries towards each other their individual identities are nevertheless remarkably pronounced. Here in America we can travel thousands of miles across state lines with lit
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Michael Ridpath
This is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to Scandinavian Crime fiction, full of interesting insights. A number of themes emerge, in particular the desire many authors have to highlight the weaknesses of their societies which aspire to be models of social democracy. Also the importance of Sjowal and Wahlloo as an inspiration to almost all of them. There appears to be something about the very normality of the settings which adds to the attraction to readers and writers, perhaps as a contrast t ...more
Kevin
A nice overview of the genre, and if you're keen on Nordic crime fiction and want for more you'll probably discover quite a few names you'll no doubt be interested in looking up, but there's nothing fundamentally new about the subject here, and you're unlikely to come out of it with any insight you didn't already have going in. But maybe this is just me.
Steve
A great overview of the recent Scandinavian crime fiction. He covers everything from Sjowall/ Wahloo and Mankell to those more recently (being) translated such as Stefan Mani, Unni Lindell and Camilla Ceder. Politics, sociology and cultural differences get a mention and there are chapters on Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland and Denmark. The final chapter looks t TV and film adaptations focusing on Wallender and Larson, though the excellent Killing gets more than a mention too.

I now have a list o
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Walk
A pretty rigorous attempt at an overview of Nordic crime writers with a focus on those that have been translated into English.

It does become repetitive quite swiftly.

An Author is introduced.

They are not as well known as they should be in English speaking world.

The body of work to date and the central themes are looked at.

They have been influenced by such and such an author (Ruth Rendell and a couple of ground breaking Nordic authors)

The idealistic view the world has of a fair and cultured societ
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Kit
So hacky that Palgrave Macmillan should be ashamed to have published it. Its purple, repetitious prose and smug platitudes utterly fail to provide any analytical insight into Scandinavian crime fiction either as texts or as cultural phenomena. It has been a while since i have read a book this badly written.
Paul Curd
Great overview of current Scandinavian crime fiction and writers by a man who knows what he's talking about. Indispensable.
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