There are [Swedish] writers who set their novels in the more rural and sparsely populated settings, lending a decidedly chill atmosphere to the stories (the Swedish have an almost mystical attitude towards wooded areas and trees).
The above I wrote in my review of and in response to Camille Ceder's Frozen Moment, the first example of a Swedish book I've read that alluded to a Swede's almost mystical attitude toward the woods. Blackwater is another prime exemplar of this type of book, a ...more
- Have you read Händelser Vid Vatten? Kerstin Ekman.
- Which one's that?
- You know, the controversial one. The teenage boy gets stuck down a well...
- Oh right, that one! Yes, I've read it. He escapes with a salamander in a bucket...
- Isn't it an eel?
- Well maybe an eel then. I don't know. And he somehow ends up in a relationship with this considerably older woman. He uses low-fat margarine to...
- Look, the low-fat margarine doesn't have anything much to do with the story.
- I know, I know. But som ...more
Inte den allra allra bästa och bara för att det är Ekman så blir det 4/5; hade någon annan skrivit den här romanen hade jag säkert varit eld&lågor och hivat iväg en 5a i ett hujj. Så gör väl en kass recensent men kanske kröp inte karaktärerna in i mitt huvud på samma vis som de brukar. Bara den överviktige provinsialläkaren Bi ...more
I really enjoyed this crime novel. It's different, firstly as it's not written from the usual perspective of the detective solving the murder case. Kerstin Ekman wrote Blackwater from the point of view of three main characters and I really felt like I could relate to the thoughts, feelings and perspectives of three distinct individuals throughout.
It was beautifully written but in a very 'real' way. For me, what makes it st ...more
Oh, and the eel in the bucket was a particularly nice touch.
Le sinossi sono come i bugiardini delle medicine, non andrebbero mai lette. Questa, come potete vedere, promette momenti mozzafiato, adrenalina, palpitazioni. In realtà quello che mi sono trovata tra le mani è un libro paludoso, triste e vischioso. Avrebbe anche un bell'intreccio una buona dose di personaggi con i loro bravi segreti, una quantità di fili e strade sbarrate sufficienti a renderlo una vicenda abbastanza vero ...more
I'm not sure what to make of this book so far. It's got plenty of intriguing stuff going on but it's not unputdownable. It starts in what I presume is the present day, at least it's eighteen years after the story that starts to be told a few pages in. In those first few pages we see at least three of the characters from the main story that comes after them.
One of the problems I have with translated stories is that I wonder how much of the writing is what would have been in the original version....more
Blackwater has no such character; really there is no real "investigator" character at all. There is a crime, but it is presented in such a way that we don't really get to know the victims, or care all that much about them. Blackwater is not about who killed them.
Instead, what this bo ...more
How frustrating! I forgot to make a journal entry about this book right after I read it, many months ago. So I did not remember reading it until I started reading it again. Then names and events all sounded familiar. Yes, I read it.
A complex story that takes place in Sweden, in remote areas near the border with Norway, as I recall.
In 1974 Annie Raft and her little daughter Mia pass the site of a brutal murder ...more
It's all very fine, but it was billed as a krimi and it isn't really one. (See my forthcoming rant "On the betweenstoolfallingness of the literary thriller". The Germans have a word for it, you know.)
She began her career with a string of successful detective novels (among others De tre små mästarna ("The Three Little Masters") and Dödsklockan ("The Death Clock")) but later went on to persue psychological and social themes. Among her later works are Mörker och blåbärsris ("Darkness and Blueberries"), set in northern Sweden, and Händelser vid vatten ( ...more