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Blackwater by Kerstin Ekman
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Sep 01, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: library-books, translations, 2010, mystery, women, marriage-lets-you-down
Read from October 06 to 17, 2010

Okay, I don't really understand how one nation can contain IKEA and artists like Kerstin Ekman and Ingmar Bergman. Sweden, you are a land of contradictions.

But seriously, Blackwater is an excellent, excellent book. Joan Tate's translation is graceful and clean, and just a bit spooky. The book itself is consistently unnerving, and I have to say that I never saw the resolution to the mystery. But calling Blackwater a mystery is really an oversimplification, and I say that as someone with a lot of respect for genre fiction. It's about much more than figuring out a murder, although the murder impacts all the characters in some deep and surprising ways.

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10/11/2010 page 48
10/17/2010 page 361
83.0% "Dear Sweden, please cheer up."
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