Best Scandinavian and Nordic Literature
Any literature written at any time, from Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark or Norway (i.e. by authors of these nationalities, who wrote originally in the languages of those countries) - not books about Nordic countries or literature).
101 The Leopard
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102 Blackwater
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 1,054 ratings
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103 Nemesis (Harry Hole, #4)
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 18,940 ratings
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104 Miss Julie
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 6,018 ratings
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105 Seven Gothic Tales
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,608 ratings
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106 Tales from Moominvalley (Th...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 2,375 ratings
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107 The Exploits of Moominpappa
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 2,167 ratings
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108 The Shamer's Daughter (The ...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 4,040 ratings
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109 Mind's Eye (Inspector Van V...
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 4,185 ratings
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110 Egalia's Daughters: A Satir...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 1,010 ratings
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111 Gummi Tarzan
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 687 ratings
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112 Simon and the Oaks
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 953 ratings
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113 Röda rummet
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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 893 ratings
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114 Lotta on Troublemaker Street
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 1,196 ratings
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115 The White Lioness (Wallande...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 8,558 ratings
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116 Emil's Sticky Problem
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 74 ratings
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117 The Master Builder
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,636 ratings
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118 World Light
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 338 ratings
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119 The Egyptian
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 8,376 ratings
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120 Happy Times in Noisy Village
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 581 ratings
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121 Fear and Trembling
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 9,062 ratings
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122 Skuggan över stenbänken (Sk...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 585 ratings
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123 The Long Ships
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 2,526 ratings
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124 Voices (Inspector Erlendur #5)
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 5,565 ratings
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125 The Return of the Dancing M...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 3,984 ratings
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126 The Preacher (Patrik Hedstr...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 12,920 ratings
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127 Either/Or: A Fragment of Life
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 4,025 ratings
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127 The Exception
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 1,210 ratings
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129 Last Rituals
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 3,230 ratings
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130 Moomin, Vol. 2
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 925 ratings
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131 Under the Glacier
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 910 ratings
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132 Don't Look Back (Inspector ...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 5,453 ratings
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133 The Settlers (The Emigrants...
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 835 ratings
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134 En komikers uppväxt
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 1,275 ratings
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135 The Lady from the Sea
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 591 ratings
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136 Min kamp 2 (Min kamp, #2)
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 2,251 ratings
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137 Hypothermia (Inspector Erle...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 4,086 ratings
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138 101 Reykjavik
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3.29 of 5 stars 3.29 avg rating — 618 ratings
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139 Sweetness
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 217 ratings
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139 When the Devil Holds the Ca...
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 2,152 ratings
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141 Egil's Saga
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,135 ratings
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142 Bödeln
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 178 ratings
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143 Out of Africa / Shadows on ...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 5,830 ratings
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144 Dina's Book
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 1,175 ratings
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145 Kallocain
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 1,299 ratings
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146 The Steadfast Tin Soldier
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 1,798 ratings
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147 Echoes from the Dead (The Ö...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 3,615 ratings
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148 In the Wake
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 644 ratings
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148 The Children on Troublemake...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 427 ratings
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150 The Book About Blanche and ...
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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 505 ratings
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150 The Girl Who Saved the King...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 7,771 ratings
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152 Angels of the Universe
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 669 ratings
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153 Kejsarn av Portugallien
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 719 ratings
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154 The True Deceiver
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 1,340 ratings
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155 Silence of the Grave (Inspe...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 7,946 ratings
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156 The Howling Miller
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 1,027 ratings
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156 The Axe (The Master of Hest...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 288 ratings
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158 The Man Who Went Up in Smok...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 3,016 ratings
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159 Tales of the Night
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 555 ratings
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160 The Laughing Policeman (Mar...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 3,621 ratings
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161 The Wanderer
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 474 ratings
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162 The Princess of Burundi (An...
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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 1,959 ratings
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163 He Who Fears the Wolf (Insp...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 2,789 ratings
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164 The Troubled Man, A Kurt Wa...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 7,840 ratings
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165 The Hypnotist (Joona Linna,...
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 17,378 ratings
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166 Sunnanäng
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 135 ratings
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167 Evas Öga (Inspector Konrad ...
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 1,320 ratings
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168 Jenny
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 245 ratings
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169 The Blue Fox
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,724 ratings
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170 Jerusalén
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 346 ratings
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170 Frelseren (Harry Hole, #6)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 11,130 ratings
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172 Victoria
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 2,233 ratings
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173 The Last Letter Home (The E...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 722 ratings
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174 The Forest Of Hours
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 155 ratings
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175 Maria & José
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 164 ratings
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176 Doghead
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,009 ratings
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176 Flaggermusmannen (Harry Hol...
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 23,316 ratings
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178 The Shamer's Signet (The Sh...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 2,216 ratings
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179 The Shamer's War (The Shame...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 1,847 ratings
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179 Laxdæla Saga
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 574 ratings
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181 Kulla-Gulla (Kulla-Gulla, #1)
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 123 ratings
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182 Kunsten at græde i kor
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 308 ratings
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183 Egipcjanin Sinuhe, tom 1
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 1,385 ratings
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183 Ondskan
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 2,852 ratings
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185 Egipcjanin Sinuhe, tom 2
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186 Løgnhalsen fra Umbrien
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 254 ratings
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187 Agnes Cecilia
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 810 ratings
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187 Skuggornas barn (Skuggserie...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 282 ratings
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189 Buzz Aldrin, waar ben je ge...
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190 The Road to Jerusalem (The ...
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190 Hugo and Josephine
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 202 ratings
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190 ...och de vita skuggorna i ...
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193 The House with the Blind Gl...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 399 ratings
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194 The Death of a Beekeeper
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 258 ratings
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194 The Man on the Balcony (Mar...
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196 The Royal Physician's Visit
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,313 ratings
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197 Hash
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 251 ratings
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198 Idealists
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 82 ratings
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199 The Unit
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200 Before the Frost (Linda Wal...
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message 1: by Sophiene (new)

Sophiene Strangely enough I know a lot of these books :-) Maybe my European background but I love Scandinavian writers.


message 2: by Abigail (new)

Abigail I wonder which Scandinavian country will get the top spot... of course my vote is always with Iceland and Laxness and the sagas.


message 3: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn I put up Jane Smiley's Greenlanders, not knowing if it qualifies.


message 4: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn I put up Jane Smiley's Greenlanders, not knowing if it qualifies.


message 5: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Searched for but did not find a combined edition of Master of Hestvikken


message 6: by Abigail (new)

Abigail Thom: No, a book by Jane Smiley does not qualify, because it is not Scandinavian literature.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yeah, Jane Smiley is American.


message 8: by Abigail (last edited Apr 24, 2010 03:28AM) (new)

Abigail I've just been through the list and deleted a load of books for being one or more of these things:

A book about Scandinavia by a non-Scandinavian (travel writing, etc)
A book about Scandinavian literature
A biography of a Scandinavian writer
A book about Americans of Scandinavian descent
A book set in Scandinavia, but not by a Scandinavian
A book by an Australian about his experiences in S. Africa (seriously, what?)

If people could try and keep these off the list, that would be nice. It should not be on this list if:

It was originally written in English, or another non-Scandinavian language (of course there are a few exceptions - Karen Blixen/Isak Dinesen was Danish but sometimes wrote in English);

The author is not Danish, Swedish, Icelandic, Finnish, Norwegian or Faroese (Americans who think they are Norwegian because their great-grandparents were do not count);

It is non-fiction or academic writing, and not literature. (Some non-fiction is literature, I know, but not something like a 'Key to the Kalevala'. Just use your judgement).


message 9: by Pranksome (new)

Pranksome Quaine Scandinavia is more strictly defined as comprising Denmark, Norway and Sweden only. The list of countries given above is more correctly defined as the Nordic Countries and how they themselves refer to the grouping. So perhaps a better title for this list would be Best Nordic Literature.


message 10: by Abigail (new)

Abigail That's a good point, but I think more people will find the list under 'Scandinavian' than 'Nordic Countries' and I don't want to cut any of the countries out. Scandinavia is often used as synonymous with Nordic Countries anyway, even if not strictly correct I don't think it can be considered wrong.


message 11: by Riikka (new)

Riikka Abi wrote: "That's a good point, but I think more people will find the list under 'Scandinavian' than 'Nordic Countries' and I don't want to cut any of the countries out. Scandinavia is often used as synonymou..."

Maybe the description could explain this? I understand why you want to keep the name as it is, but as a Finnish person I'm often irritated when Finland is called Scandinavian country. Also this could be a good opportunity to let people know about the proper names.

Also, even if you change the name you can find the list when searching with Scandinavia/Scandinavian literature as long as that is mentioned in the description. (That's how I found the list - by searching Finnish in Listopia.) But as said I understand why you want to keep the name as it is. :)

Thanks for keeping the list in good shape!


message 12: by Abigail (new)

Abigail OK, you've convinced me. I don't want any Finns to feel slighted, so yeah, I'll change it. I'll change it now to 'Scandinavian and Nordic', perhaps? What do you reckon about that?


message 13: by Riikka (new)

Riikka That would work fine with me. :)


message 14: by 3535 (new)

3535 Just a quick note, Abi and all the contributors, to say thank you very much for this list. I have in recent years been reading some Scandinavian novels, and I am keen to explore more -- there is something about that part of the world which really draws me. So, as soon as I have more time, I intend to work systematically through this list and do some book orders! Thanks again.


message 15: by Mohammed (new)

Mohammed Heh interesting the popular taste of Nordic lit is apparently modern crime books, Astrid Lindgren,HC Andersen.

Im not big fan of Strindberg but he shouldnt be dissed in this kind of list.


message 16: by The Treeman (new)

The Treeman Stieg Larsson on this list? Are you serious? His books insults our human intelligence with terrible writing and and superficial characters. Come on people. Scandinavian litterature is better than that.


message 17: by ☯Bettie☯ (new)

☯Bettie☯ some lists need more than 100 votes


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Bettie wrote: "some lists need more than 100 votes"

So true, so true.


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