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Grand News #September, 2011

 

Grand Agency presents news from Scandinavia

 

Christine Falkenland – Sfinx (Wahlström & Widstrand)

This is nothing but a literary smash hit, praised by every critic in the country. In her new novel Sphinx, Christine Falkenland turns the theme of jealousy inside out and she shows it in its’ most vicious and disgusting form. In a suggestive and crawling form she lets her main character reveal her jealousy of the former husband and his new wife. It is a journey into the most soiled corners of humanity and it’s a reading experience of large dimensions. It’s strong, straight and easy to read. Do not miss it! Read more.

 

Inger Frimansson – The Cold Country (Norstedts)

One of Sweden’s greatest writers of psychological thrillers is back with a stand alone novel which is loosely tied to her previous books, especially The Rat Keeper. Some of the characters of minor importance in The Rat Keeper step forward in this book. In the center of the story is Maria Strandberg, a most peaceful housewife and grandmother. She becomes obsessed with revenge on Rose, the woman who kidnapped and held Maria's sister Ingrid locked in the cellar of her house. By coincidence Maria learns about voodoo queen Marie Laveau, who lived in New Orleans about a decade ago. As time pass she feels more and more related to the magic woman and she decides to bring her sister on a journey to the big country in the west. Read more.

 

Kajsa Ingemarsson – Somewhere Within Us (Norstedts)

A big novel about love. The bestselling author takes her storytelling to new heavenly heights. The main character Rebecka is a successful working woman, but her life is a total chaos. Decisive as she is, she sets out, and succeeds, to terminate her own life. But she ends up in limbo between life and death among other lost souls. Is there a way back when the most horrifying thing has happened? How do you forgive yourself after committing suicide? And is it possible to reconcile with the one you love and whom you left behind? At first sight this book deals with difficult themes, but they are masterly handled by the light hand of Kajsa Ingemarsson. The book went straight up on the top list. Read more.

 

Katerina Janouch – Tiger Woman (Piratförlaget)

The fourth part in what is right now one of Sweden’s best selling series. One day an anonymous package lands in the mailbox of midwife Cecilia Lund, the protagonist of this series. In the package there is a book with a very unpleasant message. At the same time Cecilia’s mother gets a mysterious letter to the desk at the magazine she owns. Who is threatening mother, daughter and the children of the family? As always in the Cecilia Lund series, it’s the relations, the family and the love that everything revolves around. And in the very middle of the stories is Cecila. Tiger Woman went to number three at the top list after three weeks. Read more.

 

Recent international releases

Denmark: Tove Alsterdal – Women On The Beach

Finland: Anna Jansson & Mimmi Tollerup – The Knights' Jousting and The Class Fund

Finland: Åsa Lantz – Whatever Happened To That Sweet Little Girl

Frankrike: Amanda Lind – Francy’s Testament

Italien: Varg Gyllander – Some Lines Break

Italien: Lars Rambe - Shadows

Nederländerna: Varg Gyllander – Some Lines Break

Nederländerna: Katerina Janouch – Betrayed

Nederländerna: Håkan Östlundh – Sacrifice

Norge: Elisabeth Gummesson – Good Enough

Norge: Bob Hansson – Oops, Suddenly There Was Life

Ryssland: Henrik Fexeus – When You Do What I Want You To

Ryssland:Kajsa Ingermarsson & Karin Nordlander - Dreamlife

Tyskland: Mats Strandberg – Half Lives

 

Word from the agent

 

 

A number of evidence proofs that the Scandinavian literature scene is hot. Let us show you some fresh figures, brought to us by the SOM Institute which has mapped the cultural habits of Swedes since 1986. This year’s survey holds a lot of interesting facts about reading and writing habits. First of all the results shows that between different types of cultural experiences the Swedes chose to read books rather than going to the movies or doing photography. Listen to this: 80 percent of the Swedes read at least one book per year. And over fifty percent read a book every month! If we dig a little deeper into the survey we find even more good news. For instance, 30 percent of the Swedish women keeps a regular diary or writes poetry regularly. The most active writes are the ones in the youngest group. Isn’t this marvelous? So, keep your eyes open for more fine stories from our part of the world.

 

Best wishes for at great book autumn from Maria Enberg and Grand Agency!

 

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