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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Ra Sh – The Narcissist

All his mirrors were women. They displayed him with breasts and vaginas and flesh buds. Desperate, he approached a blue lake to see his male splendor. His cock-a-doodle-do his rippling muscles his...

Ra Sh – Andro and Estro

Androgen and Estrogen met over a cup of Energen. You know how macho Androgen is. And how feminine Estrogen is. Androgen complained: These males are...

Ra Sh

Ra Sh (Ravi Shanker N) has published English-language poems in many national and international online and print magazines. His poems have been translated into German and...

Baret Magarian: The secret to a good narrative is to always keep things moving...

This interview with Baret Magarian was conducted mainly in Italian. I have to confess that I wasn’t able to persude him to talk about...

Michael Rothenberg – Coming Apart

If it were a real dream  the roses would  come apart.