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SUCCINCT SUMMER REVIEWS: THE VIKINGS ARE COMING!
Brief book looks by Dr. Susan K. Hedahl
By way of preface, if your library's shelves are limited, by all means seek the following works on "ILL" Inter-Library Loan.
More European fiction is being translated and published in America. The only drawback is that translation is slow work and some novels wait several years to come to the USA. The following works, fiction and non-fiction, will provide some great summer reading time for you. For the eagle-eyed readers of Scandinavian background, my computer is diacritically challenged and cannot make the round punctuation mark about the "A's." in the authors' names.
Storm by Asa Larsson,
Translated from the Swedish by Marlaine Delargy. Delacorte Press, May,
A young lawyer, formerly from the area of the church, returns and all the dark, wintery games begin, where "The Aurora Borealis twists and turns like a dragon in the night sky." This book won some top awards. If you like various versions of murder-in-the-cathedral, this work with all its intense actions and very badly behaved sinful human beings is just the right read. The characters in this novel are compelling and beyond the help of any Mutual Ministry Committee.
2. Borkmann's Point: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery by Hakan Nesser, 1994. Translated from the Swedish, published, 2006
Nesser is another Swedish mystery writer who does not avoid gore. The work is set in a seaside town and there are a lot of comfy sort of people around. Nesser weaves in some lucid reflections on what it means to grow old. Someone, however, eventually manages to commit three unseemly axe murders in this placid setting, and when the detective finally learns who, we are reminded again of that old radio line: "Who knows what lurks in the hearts of men?" (or women for that matter).
3. The Torso by Helen
Translated from the Swedish by Katarina E. Tucker. and published by Soho
4. The Minotaur by
Barbara Vine, 2006.
5. Blossoms on
the Olive Tree: Israeli and Palestinian Women Working For Peace