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...

Dag Solstad – 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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Meeting Mark Wingrave: “I’m attracted to what I don’t know”

I came into contact with the artist Mark Wingrave through our shared interest in the work of Ukrainian poet Olga Bragina. Reading a couple...

Laurence Hutchman – Lost Language

These photo albums span the decades: wartime, marriage, early years in Canada. The sounds of Dutch swell within me. I read a language I knew and forgot— “J’s”...

Giuseppe Genna – Big Red Mother

  Guido Lopez, an interim detective at the Milan central police department, is playing tennis with a stranger. Immediately after, a huge explosion shakes his...

Fabrizio De André – Storia di un impiegato [A Clerk’s Tale]

  Storia di un impiegato, the sixth studio LP by Fabrizio De André, written with Giuseppe Bentivoglio and Nicola Piovani, came out in 1973. Like...

Marguerite Duras – Blue Eyes, Black Hair

The indefiniteness of love Emotions that chase each other on a stage made of nothing. Gestures told with great elegance and care, without a defined...