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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Claire Loader – Qetesh

            A goddess sits at the end of my bed, visits these nights of waking. Where thoughts run more than fingers, hands wary of the divide. Instead we turn...

Ellen Bass – Indigo

As I’m walking on West Cliff Drive, a man runs toward me pushing one of those jogging strollers with shock absorbers so the baby...

Charles Dickens – A tale of two cities

“Read Dickens, he is the master of us all” I would define myself as Cartesio’s son: doubt lives within me. I doubt that people’s actual skills...

Claire Loader – we said goodbye on a wednesday

            did you still exist before i woke before the need to pee put you on a collision course with gravity before you danced with me in...

Ellen Bass: the best of oneself must shine like stellar dust

I have not yet read the complete work of Ellen Bass but I find her one of the most interesting contemporary authors for the...