Goodreads Voice: Norway

By Goodreads Staff | Published Sep 06, 2010 07:10PM


Oslo, Norway:
59° 56' N
10° 41' E
Broken
By Karin Fossum
Translated by Charlotte Barslund

Dubbed Norway's "Queen of Crime," Fossum is best known for her hard-boiled mysteries featuring Inspector Sejer. But Broken stands alone as a whimsical departure from that genre, a book in which the author's imaginary characters walk, talk—in fact, they're lined up in her driveway waiting to be written. When an overly anxious character named Alvar cuts to the front of the line, he tries to tell Fossum how to write his part, but she warns him not to wish for a happy ending. Goodreads member Paul calls it "a totally authentic exposition of a writer's intimate relationship and responsibility toward their characters...Fiction is sometimes more truthful than reality, and reality is more fictional than the imagination." View book »





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