The Killing Book Launch at Crimefest in Bristol

The International Crime Fiction Convention, Crimefest (Bristol, 24-27 May 2012) will feature the launch of the book version of The Killing in the presence of the author, David Hewson, and members of the cast. I don’t know of other crime fictions which have had quite the journey of Forbrydelsen/The Killing: originally a Danish TV-drama, which was subsequently shown in many countries sometimes dubbed or subtitled as in Britain; it was then remade into an American TV-series set in Seattle and not in Copenhagen, and now made into an English language book without a Danish original. I should be interested to learn who would wish to read the book, and from those who actually did read  it, what it was like.

I am also thinking about the difference in versions between the Danish and the American TV-series after reading this interesting article in The New York Times: Danes Do Murder Differently.  I am certain that issues of translation, remediation, globalisation of popular culture etc. could be enlightened by these examples.

Crimefest in Bristol will also be visited by a number of well-known Nordic writers such as Yrsa Sigurdadottir, Ragnar Jonasson, Gunnar Staalesen, Åsa Larsson, Thomas Enger, and the winners of the 2011 CWA International Dagger, Anders Roslund & Börge Hellström (with Three Seconds, published by Quercus and translated from the Swedish by Kari Dickson).

 

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4 responses to “The Killing Book Launch at Crimefest in Bristol

  1. “Hmm. Here is one person who certainly won’t be reading it!”

    I’m sure everyone will be devastated by this news.

  2. Hmm. Here is one person who certainly won’t be reading it!

  3. Ewa

    I’m looking forward to reading the book and hope that the tension and atmosphere will remain as strong as they were in the TV series.
    Ewa Sherman

  4. Hewson’s adaptation of the first series of The Killing is compelling reading which manages to recreate the suspense of the TV series while avoiding diving into the numerous unexplained cul-de-sacs that viewers were subjected to during the 20-episode run. Throughout, Hewson has trodden a fine line by making the investigation more believable whilst maintaining its pace and intrigue. It’s a rewarding addition to the franchise – this Killing fan was not disappointed.

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