Gunnar Staalesen – The woman in the fridge

This is a title of a book series starring Varg Veum, name that traces an ancient Nordic expression, vargr i véum, "wolf in the...

Jo Nesbø – The Redbreast

As always, when one browses through the pages, smells the paper, has a look at the back cover of a Nordic crime novel, they...

Shyness and Dignity

  The day came when Elias Rukla came across something too universal to be compared to an intimate Proustian madeleine, and too socially active to...

Mike Larssons rymliga hjärta

  Tomelilla, Scania, the southernmost province of Sweden. Mike has just been released from prison and he wants to have his own redemption by taking...

Stig Dagerman – German Autumn

  This short novel can without doubt be defined as journalism; it is, however, a kind of journalism we are not accustomed to, a journalism...

Bo Lidegaard – Countrymen: How Denmark’s Jews Escaped the Nazis

  It was1943. Nazi Germany invaded Denmark. The country was worried, oppressed and sometimes inclined to please the enemy. Popular forms of resistance with sabotages and...

Knut Hamsun – On overgrown paths

The disease against which Alessandro Lami battled with for a long time took him away on Sunday March 8th, 2015. Alessandro had transmitted his love...

Håkan Nesser – The Darkest Day

  Few ingredients are required for a Scandinavian crime novel: cold, lots of snow, a mystery, a grouchy inspector and cracks in a society which...

Arto Paasilinna – The Year of the Hare

In this issue of the magazine Irene Lami introduces her column Northern Lights about Nordic literatures. What we wish to present on these pages...

Arnaldur Inðridason – Jar City

Reykiavík, Norðurmýri district. The dead body of an old man is discovered by his neighbours and an old picture of a little girl’s grave...

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Valentina Meloni – As if it were an endless autumn

As if it were an endless autumn silently one by one they leave and buds already appear on branches airy pollens are floating in flight but the invisible...

Valentina Meloni

Born in Rome in 1976, since 2007 she has lived between Umbria and Tuscany.. She has published for poetry: Le regole del controdolore (Temperino...

Alexander Shurbanov – Waiting for Schliemann

Everything I’ve written has its whereabouts in spacetime. Not a word is invented, not a sound. If one day a Schliemann rakes the dust of the ages, Troy the unconquerable will...

What propels poetry into being is amazement: conversation with Alexander Shurbanov

I met Alexander Shurbanov in Sofia during the summer of 2016, on the occasion of a brief visit to the capital of Bulgaria connected...

Alexander Shurbanov

Alexander Shurbanov (Sofia, 1941) is author of many books of poems and essays. He has translated into Bulgarian Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s mature...