Alvtegen and Nesser in London on June 19

On Sunday 19 June I will be chairing a discussion with Swedish crime writers Karin Alvtegen and Håkan Nesser at the London Review of Books’ World Literature Weekend. Judging from Nesser’s appearance in our first Book Club meeting in February, this promises to be a most fascinating and entertaining look into the fictional world of Nordic crime. The event is entitled Crime Fiction: Reading Scars, and this is the description form the LRB website:

Detection is the process of reconstructing events from the traces they have left – a body or a weapon is found, or a trace of blood, or even a speck of dust under a fingernail. From such evidence, a crime is unearthed. Behind crime fiction’s gripping narratives, there often lies a more incisive portrayal of a society than can be found in more obvious commentaries; and it offers a way to confront ideas of good and evil in a shades-of-grey world, where simple moral certainties aren’t so easy to find. Karin Alvtegen’s psychological crime thrillers include Missing, which in 2001 won the Glass Key, the premier Nordic crime writing award, and Shadow and Betrayal. Håkan Nesser is also a Glass Key winner; his latest book to be translated into English is The Inspector and Silence, starring his detective Van Veeteren, now retired and thinking of becoming a bookseller – until a young girl goes missing from a nearby religious summer school…

Book tickets now – it would be great to see some Book Club members at the British Museum in London.

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2 responses to “Alvtegen and Nesser in London on June 19

  1. jakobstougaard

    Yes, I also enjoyed the conversation yesterday with Nesser and Alvtegen. They are, as I said, two of the most interesting writers in Scandinavia these days – and I was happy to hear them question the all to easy category of “Nordic” crime and the hype around Scandinavian crime fiction without considerations for literary quality.

  2. Lund

    Great talk yesterday, witty and challenging…in particular made me question my up-to-now sometimes rather undiscriminating enthusiasm for NN, though it’ll still be Alvtegen, Lackberg, Mankell on the bedside table this week. Both authors were a little frustrated/ amused by media and publishing industry’s herding together of a group of writers who just happened to be born in the same part of the world…. certainly reading Alvtegen this weekend I was much more inclined to place her in the ‘frigteningly accurate and uncomfortable observations of human relationships’ category, more like P Highsmith than, well, Hakan Nesser.

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