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Jørn Lier Horst, Lone Theils and Stefan Arnhem @ Nordic Noir Book Club Event in London, May 22nd

The Nordic Noir Book Club in London is excited and proud to give advance notice of an upcoming event in London featuring prominent crime writers from Norway, Denmark and Sweden: Jørn Lier Horst, Lone Theils and Stefan Arnhem.

Jørn Lier Horst’s latest crime novel (in the William Wisting series) “When it grows dark” (translated by Anne Bruce) is out today from Sandstone Press.

Lone Theil’s bestselling debut novel “Fatal Crossing” (translated by Charlotte Barslund) will be out in April from Arcadia Books.

Stefan Arnhem’s second novel in the Fabian Risk series, “The Ninth Grave” (translated by Paul Norlen) was out earlier this year from Head of Zeus.

Start reading and return to these pages for more on the authors and their novels. The event will take place in the evening of the 22nd of May at JuJu’s (The Truman Brewery). So, reserve the date in your calendars. Tickets will go “on sale” in a couple of weeks, and will be announced on the Nordic Noir Book Club blog.

We are looking forward to seeing new and old Scandinavian crime fiction fans in London in May. Please contact Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (j.stougaard-nielsen@ucl.ac.uk) if you have questions about the event.

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Danish bestseller Thomas Rydhal’s The Hermit – at London’s Free Word Centre, 10 October.

Thomas Rydhal discusses his debut crime novel The Hermit. An instant bestseller in Denmark and winner of the Glass Key Award for the best Nordic crime novel.rydahl

Mon 10 Oct 2016; 6:45pm – 9:00pm @ Free Word Centre

Book your tickets here

Thomas Rydhal’s extraordinary debut crime novel The Hermit was an instant bestseller in Denmark and stayed in the top ten for 30 weeks. Winner of the Harald Mogensen Prize for Best Danish crime novel and the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel. It has been translated into 30 languages.

Thomas discusses the themes of the book with Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature at UCL. K. E. Semmel, translator of the English edition, will contribute on video describing the particular challenges of Danish-English translation and how the story was adapted from one cultural context into another.

This event is part of Wanderlust: Great Literature from Around the World, a monthly event series at Free Word. Join us on the second Monday of each month to celebrate the best fiction in translation.

About The Hermit

The Hermit is set in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, where its unlikely hero, a 67 year old ex-pat Danish taxi driver, is caught up in a dangerous web of corruption and murder.

A car is found crashed on a beach of Fuerteventura. On the back seat lies a cardboard box containing the lifeless body of a small boy wrapped in newspaper cuttings. No one knows his name, and there is no trace of a driver. The last thing Fuerteventura needs is a murder. The ailing resort already has half-empty bars, there are plans for a new casino, and the local police are under pressure to close the case. But long-time islander and loner Erhard, a taxi driver who sees more than most people, won’t let the investigation drop – and he has nothing to lose. The question is: can a 67-yearold man, who knows nothing about mobile phones or the internet, possibly solve a complex murder whose dangerous web of deceit stretches far beyond the small island? This bold, unsettling literary thriller introduces a strikingly original new talent to crime fans.

About Thomas Rydhal

Thomas Rydahl was born in Aarhus in 1974. He studied philosophy and psychology and graduated from the Danish Writing Academy in 1999. He has translated Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Outliers into Danish. The Hermit, his first novel, is the only debut to have won the Glass Key Award – previous recipients include Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum, Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbø. He lives in Fredensborg, Denmark.

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Danish Book Launch: Murder in the Dark and Conversation with the Translator – video

In partnership with Norvik Press, the Nordic Noir book club held a reception at University College London on 4th November 2013 to celebrate the publication of Dan Turèll’s Murder in the Dark. The book’s translator Mark Mussari took part in an interactive Q&A during the event, live via video link from the USA. You can watch the full video below (27 minutes).

The video Q&A was hosted by UCL’s new PhD student in Danish-English Translation Studies, Ellen Kythor, and the launch was made possible with support from the university’s School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

You can purchase Murder in the Dark now via the Norvik Press website.

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Danish Book Launch: Murder in the Dark and Conversation with the Translator

In partnership with Norvik Press, the next Nordic Noir book club event will be a reception to celebrate the publication of Dan Turèll’s Murder in the Dark, translated by Mark Mussari. turellcover

Murder in the Dark is the first in Danish author Turèll’s ‘Murder’ series. The scruffy, unconventional anti-hero narrator is a journalist with a warm wit, who drinks to excess, is desperate to be loved, yet revels in being an outsider – the author strongly denied he was based on himself, though the parallels are striking! The series takes place in Vesterbro, Copenhagen, depicted as a grotty crime-ridden underworld full of brothels, dodgy bars, and drug dens. The book opens with a mysterious 3.30am phone call from a strange voice telling the narrator to come – now – to an address on Saxogade. When he wakes again at a more reasonable hour, the narrator contacts the police:

I had to say my name twice – and give them my social security number once – before they took me seriously.

And that they certainly did. In authoritative tone, the voice in Cafe Freden’s payphone asked me to appear at Police Inspector Ehlers’ office in Halmtorvet as soon as possible.

I told them I would be there in fifteen minutes.

I spent twelve of those minutes on two bitters and two cups of even more scalding hot coffee. I spent the final three minutes walking the twenty meters to the police station at Halmtorvet, as slowly as possible. I’ve always hated spending my free time in police stations.

Translator Mark Mussari will be taking part in an interactive Q&A via video link for the event, so we would like to get some questions from book club members about his experience translating this classic crime novel. You can suggest questions in a number of ways: post a comment here, tweet @nordicnoir, or comment on our Facebook page.

The launch takes place on Monday 4th November 2013 at University College London. The event is free, but please RSVP by 5pm on Wednesday 30th October to Ellen Kythor at norvikevents@gmail.com.

If you can’t make it, the translator’s Q&A will be available on YouTube soon after – watch this space for details!

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Kierkegaard, the Uncanny and Nordic Noir

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Unsettling Copenhagen in Philosophical writing and contemporary drama

5 May 2013 marks the bicentenary of the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard’s birth. The aim of this symposium is to explore Kierkegaard’s writing on Copenhagen in relation to the theme of the uncanny. This will be done by superimposing the Copenhagen found in Kierkegaard’s writings with a contemporary and notoriously unsettling representation of this city: the TV-drama The Killing.

Join the PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM on 17 May, 2013, 10-5 PM. UCL, Pearson Building (North East Entrance) G22 LT (map)

The event is free but please register your participation here as seats are limited. For further information and the programme visit the website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/scandinavian-studies/kierkegaard.

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Two events 11-12 May: Something Else for the Weekend

Hej! We have two events coming up, and Nordic Noir will loom large in both of them.

On Saturday 11 May, 2-3pm, enjoy a virtual tour of Crime Scenes and Cycle Paths: Copenhagen’s Hidden (Hi)stories. We’ve been working with UCL’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) to make a multi-layered map of Copenhagen that reveals some sites, sights and stories you may not have witnessed in the literature and television of the city.  You can contribute to the map by telling us about your favourite places in Copenhagen. You can leave a comment below, or tweet @scandstudies using the hashtag #copenmap. Deadline: Wednesday 1 May! Tak!

On Sunday 12 May, 2-3pm, join us for a panel discussion on Welfare, Literature and the Body: Nordic Perspectives. Panelists include our very own Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, Dominic Hinde (phd student, translator, journalist, Scottish green politico, and an editor of Post Mag), and others tbc. This panel discussion and Q&A explores the welfare state in the Nordic countries, focusing on how literary fiction has functioned as a space in which ideas about society, justice, welfare and well-being could be debated and developed. Of special interest is the human body: how have Scandinavian novels, poems, plays and even films represented the body – male or female, healthy or sick, infant or aging, working or playing – as  building, challenging, and benefiting from the welfare state? We’ll be using exciting new voting pod thingummies (that’s the technical term) to enable audience participation.

The venue for both events is the Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Roberts Building, Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JE [click here for a map and transport information]

Both events are free – no need to book, just come along! The first sixty attendees will be able to enjoy complimentary coffee and biscuits.SomethingElsefortheWeekend

These events are part of Something Else for the Weekend, 2 days of hands-on activities around the theme of Reading, giving festival-goers the chance to get up close and personal with UCL research. There are lots of fascinating exhibits and activities, from travel writing about toilets to learning difficulties to fairy tales, and it’s all free! For more information, please visit http://www.ucl.ac.uk/festival-of-the-arts/something-else-for-the-weekend

 

 

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Nordic Noir Reading Group (29. February 2012, London)

We are delighted to announce details of our first Nordic Noir Reading Group meeting, which will take place on Wednesday 29 February (from 6.00 pm) in the glamorous UCL Old Refectory where we will discuss the recently published Danish crime novel ‘The Boy in the Suitcase’ by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis.

The discussion will be led by Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (UCL Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature) – and a glass of wine.

Among the themes we could cover are Eastern Europe in Scandinavian crime fiction, human trafficking in crime fiction, what makes this book ‘Nordic Noir’ or even a Danish or Scandinavian crime novel (apart from it being originally written in Danish, of course), self-translation (the novel was translated by Kaaberbøl herself), is there something particularly and self-consciously  Danish or Nordic about the main character in the novel – and finally, to what extend does Scandinavian crime fiction need to include social and family issues? This and much more for anyone who wish to join.

The novel should be available from most book stores in London, from Amazon etc. Elsewhere on this blog there is a link to an article about last month’s meeting with the authors at Foyles, and earlier, the Nordic Noir Book Club gave away three copies of the book in a Nordic Noir competition.

Please reserve your ticket for this event.

More information here:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/nordicnoir/nordic-noir-events/1st-reading-group-meeting

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