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2 Literary fiction The urgency found in this book, really isn t granted all novels, I so much look forward to the continuation. Upsala Nya Tidning JONAS gardell Jonas Gardell was born in 1963 and made his highly praised literary debut in He is one of Scandinavia s most popular stand-up comedians and a highly appreciated playwright. Jonas Gardell has an unerring talent to puncture our everyday life and the emotions beneath. In his books he portrays all kinds of human beings, the humour is natural and obvious as is also pain and sorrow. In Jonas Gardell s writings there are no taboos, he moves with preciseness between the big and the small, between dreams and stern reality. He has written 16 books and has been translated into 13 languages. Novels Passionsspelet (1985) Odjurets tid (1986) Präriehundarna (1987) Vill gå hem (1988) Fru Björks öden och äventyr (1990) En komikers uppväxt (1992) Frestelsernas berg (1995) Så går en dag ifrån vårt liv och kommer aldrig åter (1998) Ett ufo gör entré (2001) Jenny (2006) Other titles by Jonas Gardell Mormor gråter (1993) Isbjörnarna. Cheek to cheek. Människor i solen (1997) Oskuld (2000) Om Gud (2003) Om Jesus (2009) Har man inget liv får man köpa ett som alla andra: samlade visdomsord (2011)

3 Literary fiction jonas gardell Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves torka aldrig tårar utan handskar In 1982 the first reports on a new mysterious disease reached Sweden; a cancer-like illness with rapid course and imminent death striking only homosexual males. torka aldrig tårar utan handskar 2. Sjukdomen 2. sjukdomen One of Sweden s best-loved authors has written a piece of contemporary history, a magnum opus which readers have been waiting for. Norstedts published the first part of Gardell s great work about AIDS, Kärleken, in August 2012 and in five weeks it sold more than copies. jonas gardell norstedts jonas gardell 1. Kärleken/1. Love August 2012, 288 pages Lead title in the two major book clubs Sample translation in English available torka aldrig tårar utan handskar 2. Sjukdomen/2. Disease January 2013, 240 pages 3. Döden/3. Death July 2013, 240 pages jonas gardell torka aldrig tårar utan handskar 3. Döden 3. döden Senior Editor: Eva Gedin Rights sold to: Piratforlaget, Norway Johnny Kniga, WSOY, Finland De Geus, Holland Option publisher: Tiderne Skifter, Denmark norstedts A Beautiful Love Story in the Shadow of AIDS When Rasmus steps off the train at Stockholm s Central Station in September 1982 he is leaving the small industrial community of Koppom behind, never to return. Young and beautiful he throws himself into Stockholm s gay community, unable to say no to anyone. Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar is a compelling, passionate and desperate portrayal of 1980s Stockholm, of people who had started to grasp their freedom for the first time in history, and about an illness that broke out and threatened to kill them all. Benjamin is a Jehova s Witness, enthusiastically going from door to door preaching about God. Nothing can shake his faith until the day he knocks on the door belonging to Paul, the warmest, funniest and bitchiest homosexual God ever created. Then, on the evening of Christmas Eve, with snow falling over the city, Rasmus and Benjamin meet, and nothing is the same again. Press voices: As a dirge, as a reminder, as criticism, as rehabilitation, as a declaration of love, and not least as highly anxious historiography, it is everything I could wish for. And even though I know it will get worse before it gets better, I am waiting for the continuation. Svenska Dagbladet This is a story of a time and a place. It happened here, in the city of Stockholm, on these streets, among the people who live out their lives here. In this city s parks, its pavement cafés, bars, sauna clubs, porn cinemas, hospitals, churches and graveyards. In a city where most of the inhabitants carried on with their lives as if nothing was happening, young men fell ill, grew thinner, wasted away and died. It was like a war being fought in peace time. The very people who loved the most, who were possessed by love - they were the ones taken by the frost. Sometimes it happens that as a critic you must stop, put your guard down and just rest in the experience of witnessing something magnificent. /.../ My feeling, already, is that Gardell writes modern Swedish literary history Dagens Nyheter one hopes that Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar will be introduced as compulsory reading in all Swedish secondary schools. Kristianstadsbladet Jonas Gardell wants to force us to remember and thus save his dead friends from yet another death, the death of silence and oblivion. He is well prepared for the job. The reported research is impressive. Gardell is, you realize, deeply concerned with us really understanding what happened and why it happened. Sydsvenskan

4 Literary fiction Johannes Anyuru Johannes Anyuru, born in 1979, made his debut in 2003 with the critically acclaimed collection of poems Det är bara gudarna som är nya/only The Gods Are New. His latest poetry collection, Städerna inuti Hall /The Cities Inside Hall was nominated for the August Prize in The year after he made his novel debut with the highly praised Skulle jag dö under andra himlar/if I Were to Die Under Other Skies. En storm kom från paradiset A Storm Blew in From Paradise September 2012, 284 pages Senior Editor: Håkan Bravinger Sample translation in English available in October Haunting Account of an Unfulfilled Life A storm blew in from paradise. That storm was life. A young man, P, is sitting in a small cage in a Tanzanian jail. His greatest dream is to fly. Up until quite recently everything had been looking promising. He had come to Greece to be trained at the Hellenic Air Force Academy in Dekelia, just outside Athens, chosen to be a pilot and an officer in the Ugandan Air Force. Soon he would be soaring through the skies in an unpainted, polished aluminium MIG-21. But then, on 26 January 1971, the news of a coup in his homeland reached him. Idi Amin had taken power. Shortly thereafter all Ugandan aviation cadets are ordered home by Amin s state machine. It is in that moment that P makes his life s most crucial choice: to defect and stay in Greece. After that, nothing turns out like he imagined. He s not allowed to fly in Europe, and in despair he accepts a job in Zambia as a crop dusting pilot. But as he lands he is taken into custody and transported to a Tanzanian jail. P is afraid; afraid that he will be sent back to Uganda and be prosecuted for treason; afraid that he will die here without anybody knowing; afraid that they have already killed his family back home. Over a period of many years, we follow P s struggles - as a refugee, as a military camp prisoner, as a man on the run. He never stops dreaming of a life as a pilot, but he ll never get to fly again. Johannes Anyuru has written an exciting novel about his own father s fate, a read which stays with you for a long time. This is a novel about survival, and one man s unfulfilled dream to fly. Press voices for Johannes Anyuru s previous work: [Anyuru] takes this lofty tone from the Koran, the Iliad or the Aeneid and broadens the tonal register in contemporary literary language. /.../ It is hard to resist somebody who makes everyday life so magnificent. Dagens Nyheter He makes me fall to the ground and observe the heaven. And if, as the author says, there will be another two novels about heavens than I will be happy again to lie down and look up as the clouds pass by in all their banality and delightful perfection. Sydsvenskan a novel written in an absolutely luminous language. You can hardly miss the fact that it is a poet who has penned this. A poet with a superb balance between the everyday prosaic scenes and dazzlingly lyrical elements, between slang and beauty. It is, quite simply, so beautiful that sometimes it just takes my breath away. Helsingborgs Dagblad

5 Literary fiction Karolina Ramqvist Karolina Ramqvist, born in 1976, is a journalist and author. For a long time she has been a powerful voice in social debate. She has written for Swedish national daily Dagens Nyheter and the magazine Bang. She has also been editor in chief of Arena magazine. Her latest book Flickvännen/The Girlfriend, 2009, was nominated for Sveriges Radio s Novel Prize and awarded Vi Magazine s literature prize. It has been translated into several languages. Alltings början The Beginning of Everything June 2012, 389 pages Senior Editor: Eva Gedin Option publishers: Tiderne Skifter, Denmark Gyldendal, Norway Daughter of a Modern Generation Saga remembers only too well the moment of her arrival. It would be strange if she didn t; every birthday her mother shows her the film of her birth, the moment when the tiny child who would become Saga was pushed into the world. sights. He is older, knows everyone and more to the point everyone wants to know him. They begin a relationship. Or rather, he allows her to have sex with him. He commands, she obeys. Their relationship is secret, destructive and degrading. There are other men in her life but the only one she really wants to be with is Viktor. Saga has longed for everything adult life has to offer. Her mother is an artist and a radical feminist and as the daughter of such a woman she is expected to be independent and take advantage of everything life has to offer. This is Stockholm in the 1990s and Saga starts a new school and quickly makes friends. They spend their days drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes and they go to clubs whenever they can get in. But Saga is plagued by a nagging sense of futility and the feeling that she ought to be doing something, like her mother s generation with their feminist movement, demonstrating for free abortion and nursery care. They had a goal and a purpose; Saga feels her generation is lacking exactly that. Saga and her friend Pauline spend a lot of time getting to know the right people; they sleep around, they party, they are free. For some time Saga has had Vikor Schantz in her Karolina Ramqvist s new novel Alltings början is the story of a young woman s passage through the stages of her youth, as she takes her first steps away from childhood and hurtles into an independent adult life. Written with boldness and clarity this is about a generation trapped between spoken and unspoken demands, and marked by a feeling of abandonment. Press voices: I close Karolina Ramqvist s Alltings början and think: Hallelujah, my generation novel has come. Sydsvenskan Karolina Ramqvist writes Saga s teenage know-it-all uncertainty in a genius way. She is simply hilarious and text flows easily. The narrator Saga is obvious; she drinks and reads and fucks and blushes, and gets a headache from tightening her face to look more attractive. She is also congenial with the time, the 90 s that was so promising and fin-de-siecle-decadent at the same time. Swedish Radio s Kulturnytt

6 Literary fiction mariette Glodeck Mariette Glodeck (born 1967) lives in Stockholm and works as a copywriter. In 2005 she made her debut with the novel Röda vita rosen/red White Rose. Her latest book was En station från paradiset/one Station Away From Paradise. Den sista dagen i december The Last Day of December October 2012, 230 pages Senior Editor: Eva Gedin The Hen Night From Hell A bride-to-be, a father-by-mistake, a snob from the suburbs, a film director, a drunkard, a lesbian wannabe, a reluctant pop-princess and a poo prince. This is how one could describe Milla, Måns, Carl, Jens, Pepsi, Tove, Frida and Teddy. Eight long-time friends in their thirties, who don t see each other as often as they perhaps would have liked to anymore. Frida has spent the last year in the tour bus, hiding her real feelings behind her on-stage persona, just as she hides cheap romance novels behind the cover of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy. Måns is cultivating his bachelor lifestyle, still working late nights behind a bar counter, until suddenly a girl he barely knows tells him she s pregnant. Teddy has taken over his father s firm, emptying portaloos from sports events and festivals, and Tove is struggling with her medical studies, as well as with her sexuality. and the gang meet up on a cruise for a joint hen/stag party. For Milla the party turns into her worst nightmare, she s convinced her future sister-in-law is trying to demean her, and the others don t seem to notice a thing. Den sista dagen i december is a novel about relationships, friendships and other disasters. It s a warm and entertaining novel about a group of people who are at a stage in life where the choices you make and the friends you have are more important than ever before. Press voices for Mariette Glodeck s previous work: It is not easy to portray a number of misfits without resorting to a romanticising or a condemnatory attitude. What Mariane Glodeck does in En station från paradiset is not something you learn at writers workshops. / / the best reading experience and in fact it is a really, really good one comes when you put all doubts aside and follow along with Glodeck wherever she wants to take you, even if it happens to be down a rabbit hole. Svenska Dagbladet But when they do see each other it usually feels like nothing has changed. To everyone s surprise Milla is getting married

7 Literary fiction JOnas Hassen Khemiri Jonas Hassen Khemiri, born 1978, made a celebrated debut in 2003 with Ett öga rött/one Eye Red, which sold over copies in Sweden and became the most best-selling paperback in His second novel, Montecore, was published to unanimous raving reviews in Since then Khemiri has also established himself internationally as a playwright. Jag ringer mina bröder I m Calling My Brothers October 2012, 128 pages Senior Editor: Stephen Farran-Lee, Albert Bonniers Förlag English translation available Previous works sold to: Gyldendal, Norway Gyldendal, Denmark Johnny Kniga, Finland De Geus, Holland Piper Verlag, Germany Le Serpent à Plumes, France Roca, Spain Ugo Guanda, Italy Odiseja, Serbia Gondolat, Hungary Knopf, USA Inostrannaya, Russia Hayakawa Shobo, Japan Minumsa, South Korea Litopys, Ukraine Paranoia in the Aftermath of a Terror Attack A car has exploded in Stockholm. The novel s I, Amor, wanders around in a city that has been paralyzed by paranoia. Amor is on his way to make a complaint about a damaged drill head. And he will reply when Shavi calls. He will stop stalking his friend Valeria, and he will comfort his grandmother who died long ago. Most importantly: he cannot attract any suspicious glances. But he is plagued by paranoia and delusions and thinks that others may see him as a potential perpetrator. For 24 intense hours we are in Amor s head where the boundaries between criminal and victim, love and chemistry, fantasy and reality become increasingly blurred. Jag ringer mina bröder is a both scary and humorous depiction of how paranoia destroys both the person seen and the seer. This is Jonas Hassen Khemiri s much longed-for return to prose and it will also be staged in spring Khemiri is one of Sweden s most acclaimed and widely read young authors and playwrights. He has been nominated for the August Award and received Borås Tidnings Debut Award, Swedish Radio s Novel Award, The Magazine VI s Literature Prize and PO Enquist s award. The novels Ett öga rött and Montecore have been translated into several languages and his debut play Invasion! became an international success performed in France, Germany, United Kingdom, Norway and in the US, where it received an Obie Award for best screenplay in Press voices for Jonas Hassen Khemiri s previous work: Ett öga rött is an important debut not just because it fills a void, but because it challenges some of the expectations created by the genre. Expressen There isn t a dull moment, it s bursting with narrative joy. Aftonbladet Just how he gets a subject like integration to rock I don t know, but he does it. Kulturnyheterna SVT Khemiri s sombre humour is reminiscent of Zadie Smith and Hari Kunzru. But he s got a voice all his own. With one foot in the immigrant community and his head in the clouds, he flaunts his rare storytelling ability. A unique virtuoso. Östgöta Correspondenten

8 Literary fiction Robert ÅSBACKA Robert Åsbacka was born in 1961 in Terjärv, Finland, but now lives in Sweden. He made his debut in 1988 with the poetry collection Med tungorna hängande but his breakthrough came with Döbelns Gränd in Åsbacka has been shortlisted and awarded numerous prestigious awards, among them the Runeberg Prize (shortlisted 2005 and 2008), the Finlandia Prize (shortlisted 2006) and the Nordic Council s prize for literature (shortlisted 2008). His latest novel, Orgelbyggaren, 2008, has been published in Sweden and translated into Finnish and German. Orgelbyggaren The Organ Builder August 2008, 300 pages Senior Editor: Mari Koli, Schildts & Söderströms Rights sold to: Hanser, Germany Samlaren The Collector September 2012, 240 pages Senior Editor: Mari Koli, Schildts & Söderströms Schildts & Söderströms An Unnerving Tale of Coincidence and Chance It was my first record ever. I was thinking that I just have to have a record player. It was about time. If only I had a record player I could sit by myself at home, in bed and listen and bob my foot just like Bo and Viola were doing now. If I had a record player and a room. It is winter Twelve year-old Tom lives with his mother and older sister Karin in a small flat. He keeps his possessions and collections in boxes under the sofa in the living room where he sleeps, looking forward to the day his sister will finally move out. His best friend Mats moved a couple of months earlier, without him there is not much to do in this dull small town. Sometimes he goes out looking for things for his collection, but when he does he has to be careful so that The Brothers don t find him and beat him up. Outside his window Tom can see his neighbour Bo s big fancy American cars parked in the backyard. Bo is also a collector; he is handsome, quiet and secretive. Tom knows that Bo writes strange letters to Karin, even though he has a girlfriend, Viola. Tom loves watching Viola and tries to be around her as much as he can. Robert Åsbacka s tone is unsentimental and precise, loaded with meaning and feeling. Through Tom s recollections and the matter-of-fact police protocols, Samlaren tells the unnerving story of a young boy and the traumatic chain of events that came to affect his life. Press voices for Robert Åsbacka s previous work: The most vivid, intense and provoking novel I ve read in a long time. Read! Huvudstadsbladet Orgelbyggaren is really an impressive novel creation that captivates its reader from the first moment. Vasabladet A hopeful expression of the possibilities in the art of making a novel. Svenska Dagbladet

9 Literary fiction kristina sandberg Kristina Sandberg (born 1971) was raised in Sundsvall, but is now living in Stockholm. She made her debut in 1997 with the novel I vattnet flyter man/in The Water One Floats. This is her fifth novel, and the second in a trilogy that began with the critically acclaimed Att föda ett barn/ Giving Birth (2010). Att föda ett barn has sold more than copies to date. Sörja för de sina Caring for One s Own September 2012, 499 pages Senior Editor: Eva Gedin Att föda ett barn Giving Birth September 2010, 490 pages Senior Editor: Eva Gedin Sample translation in English available Rights sold to: Pantagruel, Norway The Importance of Being Flawless Everything ought to be better now. Her husband Tomas has managed to remain sober after being treated with hypnoses by Dr. Bjerre. And Maj is doing everything she can for the family to have a nice home and be a perfect housewife. But she feels like she will never live up to the high expectations real and imagined from her husband and his mother Thea. Maj is a young stay-at-home mother and wife in the welfare state of the 40 s and 50 s when the housewife was still a desirable ideal and seen as an important profession. She tries hard to be loving towards her children, and ensure that the home will be secure, harmonious and flawless. But when the fatigue, fear and anxiety overpowers her, her doubts and her obsessiveness set in nothing she or her family does seem good enough. Tomas is struggling to refrain from alcohol, and manage the company inherited by his family, but the suspicion that perhaps he started drinking again hangs heavily over Maj and the family. Her personal losses Maj doesn t want to think about. This is the second part in Kristina Sandberg s novel trilogy, which began with Att föda ett barn, about a house-wife s life in Örnsköldsvik in northern Sweden. Maj s story is one about motherhood, womanhood and living with alcoholism, her personal struggles in a changing world. It is an intimate portray of an unhappy woman which lingers in the minds of the readers. Press voices: What impresses the most is the ability to build excitement around a life that on the surface appear to be fairly uneventful. Some readers of this review might sigh but that story, we have surely read before or mutter something about boring Swedish realism. Dismiss all such thoughts immediately! Believe me when I say that Sörja för de sina, as well as Att föda ett barn (even if you don t have to have read the predecessor to read this) is a real pageturner, that kind of novel that occupies the reader, with characters who creeps close and stubbornly lingers in the mind after you (reluctantly) have closed the book. Svenska Dagbladet Deafeningly dramatic about the housewife/.../ In the same way that Kristina Sandberg makes the novel s underlying anxiety reflect Maj s inner trembling, the unravelling is congenial after have moved in Maj s psyche for most of the nearly five hundred pages, it s with Tomas narrative perspective that the book is closed. Maj is left alone beyond our point of view. Peripheral, like the housewife, noticeable only when the work is not done properly. Västerbottens-Kuriren Kristina Sandberg has really managed to write a dense continuation to the story of May Dagens Nyheter Sandberg is an evocative storyteller whose sentences almost crawl under the skin of the reader. Her stories are needed. Upsala Nya Tidning

10 Literary fiction Aleksander Motturi Aleksander Motturi, born 1970, has worked at Åbo Academy in Finland, The Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen, on the cultural journal Glänta and is one of the driving forces behind the Clandestino Institute in Göteborg. He has translated and written a PhD thesis about Ludwig Wittgenstein s remarks on Frazer, written drama and is the author of the book Etnicism dealing with the contemporary metamorphosis of racism. Svindlarprästen is Motturi s second novel. Svindlarprästen/The Swindling Priest September 2012, 282 pages Senior Editor: Håkan Bravinger He Swindled Everyone and Everything Women fell for his charm and lost all they owned. Bishops and chief executives were swindled out of millions. A man called John Peter Daniels is deported from Hong Kong to India, his assumed country of origin. He is ill, with not long to live. In a way he is at home everywhere and nowhere. He speaks many languages: Gujarati, Kutchi, English, Swahili, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish and German, but he has no genuine passport. He seems equally acquainted with Christianity and Islam as he is with world politics, but he has no formal education. No one attends his funeral at the St James cemetery in Baroda. In Svindlarprästen Aleksander Motturi traces the life of his father, the man who one day abandoned his wife and children and quite simply went up in smoke. He disappeared, only to return enmeshed in a web of deceit, making front page news in all the Swedish evening papers. So who was the man said to be buried in St James cemetery? The man who was known by many names but died as John Peter Daniels? Is he even dead? Or is his death feigned, to allow him to continue with his frauds? Aleksander Motturi s multilayered novel is partly about a man whose whole existence was built on a remarkable combination of total honesty and deception, and partly about those who were close to him, the family who, throughout the years, have swung between trying to understand, putting it behind them, forgiving, starting again, and finally, once and for all, distancing themselves from him. Svindlarprästen is based on the author s father who lived as a conman. The case was reported in every newspaper and the Swindling Priest became part of 1980s vernacular. Press voices: Motturis novel is just as breathtaking as it is broadly and ambitiously applied. /.../ The feeling when you close the book is that you haven t just read a novel about a con man who chose to bluff his way through life, but just as much a socially critical piece of writing about a world where some people are born with rights and money while others are lacking both. Borås Tidning Svindlarprästen is extremely tempting /.../ He has a style to love when unknown half-siblings laugh manga cartoon laughters. Dagens Nyheter

11 Literary fiction Literary fiction GUNNAR ARDELIUS Gunnar Ardelius (born 1981) made his debut with the YA novel Jag behöver dig mer än jag älskar dig.../i Need You More Than I Love You... The book has been translated into several languages including English, French and German. It was nominated for the August Prize and won the Slangbellan Prize for best debut. Friheten förde oss hit is Gunnar Ardelius fourth book, the first aimed at adult readers. Friheten förde oss hit The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here March 2012, 208 pages Senior Editor: Håkan Bravinger Rights sold to: Actes Sud, France English sample translation available A Family Drama in 1960s Liberia The sweat ran down their backs. The long journey from an icy and chilly Stockholm was over; they had arrived in Yekepa. The powerful sun beat down on patches of unprotected skin and the dust settled quickly again on the ground. Like a herd of frightened animals they clung close together. Hektor, Margret and their teenage son Mårten have just landed in Liberia. It is the end of the 1960s and Hektor is about to start his new job with the Swedish mining company LAMCO. The journey carried with it the promise of a new start but he soon realises that his career at the mine will not be straightforward. He is alarmed by the management s attitude towards the local inhabitants and unofficial strike action is looming. Margret is unhappy in her new environment and finds the Liberians both frightening and exasperating. The heat is oppressive, her nerves are in shreds and she is missing her lover Axel back in Sweden. The only member of the family to feel at home in the new country is seventeen year-old Mårten. He soon befriends the Snake Boy, the family s unconventional gardener, and meets red-haired Ingela who loves Hitchcock and The Saint. Mårten is living in a new era; he believes in change and in the international solidarity of the proletariat, and he sides with the Liberians against the colonialists. However, his conviction and naiveté inevitably drive events to the edge of catastrophe and place the whole family and the Snake Boy in danger. Friheten förde oss hit, the story of a Swedish family s destiny in 1960s Liberia, is intensely gripping with its sense of foreboding and is a fascinating documentation of an often overlooked part of contemporary Swedish history. Press voices: The novel is a quiet gem, continuously moving, very melancholy. Göteborgs-Posten an exciting novel, vividly formed with a drive which also gives a realistic picture of how it could actually be for a Swedish family in Africa in the 1960s. And he writes a precise, nuanced Swedish with at times original metaphors, without any hint of cliché or repetition. Helsinborgs Dagblad a skilled language artist. He writes tersely and deliciously dry, but sometimes he lets go of objectivity and allows the text to flow out into poetry. It s often touchingly beautiful Sydsvenskan

12 Literary fiction Helena Thorfinn Helena Thorfinn was born in 1964 and worked for many years as a journalist for newspapers as well as for TV before making a career change to work as a social analyst for Save the Children and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). After three years at the Swedish Embassy in Dhaka she and her family returned to Sweden and settled in Lund. Innan floden tar oss is her debut novel and has sold more than copies to date. Innan floden tar oss/sisters by the River March 2012, 432 pages Senior Editor: Susanna Romanus Lead title in major book club Sample translation in English available Gripping Depiction of Women in Bangladesh On Saturdays throughout the spring he had sat in countless Södermalm cafés along with other fathers of young children, sipped latte and eaten sourdough bread rolls with brie, crunched on the red pepper that came with the brie and explained: I ve been a teacher now for almost 15 years. It s time to try something else for a while. Sometimes you ve got to have the courage to make a change. This is Sofia s big chance. Sofia has high expectations of her new job as head of development co-operation at the Swedish embassy in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and Janne grudgingly accepts that going with her means he will have to assume the role of stay-at-home dad for their two young children. At the same time a young woman, Mukta, is murdered by her husband in a small village deep in the countryside. Her little sisters Mina and Nazrin decide to take their destiny into their own hands and flee to Dhaka. Confronting the reality of Dhaka is equally as overwhelming for Swedish Sofia and Janne as it is for the young sisters from the village, and despite the different circumstances their lives soon become linked. The story reveals a world of grand embassy receptions, exploited textile workers and Swedish family life. Careerists and idealists gather around the same swimming pool, and tennis matches and terrorism impact everyday life. Innan floden tar oss is a novel vibrant with colour and teeming with life and it takes us to places and events at whirlwind speed. With immediacy and humour Thorfinn describes the Swedes attempts to do good while being politically correct, and she movingly narrates the dreams and misfortunes of the Bangla girls. A sweeping, powerful and exciting portrayal touching on the urgent, difficult issues as well as the everyday ones. Press voices: Innan floden tar oss is an unusually mature and well-written debut, as sharp in its depiction of contemporary customs as in the analysis of a failure of development policies. It will surely get many readers. Sydsvenskan Exciting and enlightening novel of the Swedish development aid industry Aftonbladet

13 Literary fiction Mikael Bergstrand Mikael Bergstrand is a journalist and author from Malmö, in the south of Sweden. For the last few years, he has lived with his family in New Delhi but has now moved back to Sweden. Delhis vackraste händer The most beautiful hands in Delhi September 2011, 329 pages Senior Editor: Susanna Romanus Extensive summary and sample translation in English available More than copies sold Rights sold to: Modtryk, Denmark Aschehoug, Norway Bazar, Finland Signatuur, the Netherlands btb, Germany Piemme, Italy La Campana, Spain (Catalan) Gaïa, France Alfaguara, Spain (Spanish) Humour, Warmth and Unexpected Meetings In Delhis vackraste händer, a middle-aged Swedish man meets the bustling and colourful life in India and encounters unexpected passion where he least expected to find it. Mikael Bergstrand describes this meeting with warmth and with a large portion of humour. Göran Borg is what you might call a loser : middle-aged, increasingly chubby, and without ambitions. His waking hours are mostly spent on reading a fan blog for football and thinking about his ex-wife, who left him 8 years, 4 months and 3 days ago. This is his every-day life until one day when he suddenly gets fired (due to extensive surfing on said fan blog for football) and is given a year s worth of salary in compensation. When Göran has processed the worst of his bitterness, he decides to join his best friend Erik on a group trip to India. But the trip doesn t at all turn out the way Göran expected; already at the airport Erik abandons him for the company of a hot, young girl in the group, and once they have arrived Göran is struck with a horrible case of the Delhi Belly. Sick, alone and deserted at a shabby hotel in Jaipur, Göran awaits his inevitable death. But then Yogendra Yogi Singh Thakur walks through the door, a spirited textile merchant armed to the teeth with inexhaustible optimism. With Yogi by his side, Göran is taken on an inner and outer journey through India, filled with adventure, strong friendship and intense love. Press voices: Bridget Jones goes 52-year old flabby football nerd Tara Yogendra Singh Thakur, I would gladly meet him again. Sydsvenskan It is impossible to write a reflection on India better than Shantaram, but Mikael Bergstrand succeeds in bringing the readers along to filthy backyards, spicy smells and brightly coloured saris Metro Incredibly funny book. I appoint it the next Centenariansuccess. Radio P4, Värmland It is so joyful and entertaining to read. You are coming along on a delightful journey /.../ With a smile on your face you join Göran on his adventures. Radio P4, Halland

14 Literary fiction EIJA HETEKIVI OLSSON Eija Hetekivi Olsson, born 1973, grew up in the Gothenburg suburbs Gårdsten and Bergsjön. She has worked as a cleaner and as a waitress, before studying to become a teacher. Ingenbarnsland is her debut. Ingenbarnsland/No Child s Land Januari 2012, 324 pages Senior Editor: Susanna Romanus Rights sold to: Schildts & Söderströms, Finland Cappelen Damm, Norge With Burning Rage and Courage The parks are littered with trash; the streets are covered with cigarette butts. The bins outside the school are on fire, and so is the rage inside Miira. Asphalt court yards, concrete buildings and faces hard as stone. The place is called Gårdsten, a suburb outside Gothenburg, just like any other working-class suburb outside any other town. Bored teenagers, junkies and alcoholics share the semi-empty squares and staircases. The litterbins outside the school are on fire, and so is the rage inside Miira. Miira is not like the other kids in the class; shoved together because of similar backgrounds, pre-determined by the school as future cleaners and industrial workers. But Miira wants to become a prime minister or a brain surgeon when she grows up. She alone chooses advanced math in school and shoplifts medical books to study at home. She is the kind of girl who never ducks for a fight, who won t giggle when guys grope her, who won t accept any injustices around her. But she is also heavily weighed down by the burden of her own class she wants to be better, to do better, but the society won t always let her. This is a no child s land, cemented by blunt bureaucracy and suppressed dreams. Eija Hetekivi Olsson s eye-opening debut novel Ingenbarnsland is set in the Gothenburg suburbs in the 80s, and we follow the girl Miira from her preadolescence to her becoming a young woman. Hetekivi Olsson writes expressively and with rarely seen intensity; like a welding flame the novel depicts Sweden after the Welfare State. The portray of Miira is one of the strongest in recent years fiction. Press voices: This is a ferociously strong debut / / seldom have I read such a translucent, acute and contemporary description of the extreme vulnerability of children who live an unprotected life Dagens Nyheter Reading Ingenbarnsland is like being flung round in a centrifuge. The world is not the same afterwards. Norrköpings Tidningar Ingenbarnsland with its grim realism is a wonderful debut novel, filled with extreme linguistic fantasy and with an intelligently executed street view of Swedish class-based society of 25 years ago. I doubt it looks any different today. In an interview I read that Eija Hetekivi Olsson is burning with the desire to write more books. Good! I really want to read more of her work! Skånska Dagbladet

15 Crime Fiction ROBERT KVIBY Robert Kviby, born 1976, is a full-time writer and lives in Stockholm. Previously he has worked as a market manager in a major media company. De korrupta is his litterary debut and the first title in the series about Annie and Max Lander. De korrupta/the Corrupt Februari 2012, 311 pages Senior Editor: Annika Seward-Jensen, Telegram Sample translation and extensive summary in English available More than copies sold Rights sold to: Rowohlt, Germany Albatros, Poland Smart, Driven and Exciting to the Very Last Page They were all prostitutes. All under thirty. Found in wooded areas and parks. Naked. They had been killed elsewhere and dumped where their bodies were discovered. She was convinced it was systematic. All four of them had met the same man, and it had led to their deaths. Friday night, January 1989, criminal reporter Annie Lander is the last one left in the editorial office as usual. For some time she has been working on a story about four murdered prostitutes, convinced that there is a pattern between them. The talk of the town is that a private club hosts parties filled with prostitutes and that there might be connections to the murders. Then she is ordered by the newspaper to seize with her investigations. Annie continues on her own and is starting to get close, both to the real story about the women, as well as to the truth about her own life and the unsolved murder of her mother. And then suddenly she is gone. Annie s husband Max soon realizes that the police won t exert themselves to find her, that it is all up to him. He follows her investigation to a country manor owned by a powerful corporate magnate, close to where her mother had been found dead thirty years earlier. But nothing has prepared him for what he will find. De korrupta is a thrilling read from the first page to the last. This impressive debut novel introduces Annie and Max Lander, and their crusade against the corrupt. Press voices: To the true conspiracy theorist, MTG-director Robert Kviby s hard-boiled detective story is a pleasure. To gather research Kviby has tiptoed around the Wanted editorial team and got inside info from various gentlemen s clubs. Well done! Metro De korrupta is a really exciting book that is hard to put down. Kviby has decided to place his history in the 80s, an unusual era in crime novels. Kvibys descriptions of settings and time are vivid and they are naturally woven into the history.

16 crime fiction Press voices for Kommer aldrig mer igen/never Coming Back: Naturally Hans Koppel, alias Petter Lidbeck, should use his swift-minded punchy stile to write crime novels. Dagens Nyheter Koppel is a very fine writer but it s as a machine perfectly designed to provoke compulsive page-turning that makes this book so sensational. I read it in two long sessions and if you re the sort of person who doesn t need much sleep, you ll do it in one. Morning Star A supremely professional piece of work with a palpable sense of tension, and couched in unvarnished prose. The Independent crisp and simple yet devastatingly effective, this is an unrelenting, terrifying slab of a psychological thriller which ticks all the right boxes. Daily Mirror There are some fine stories out there and this is probably one of the best. 612 ABC Brisbane Radio It is exciting and there aren t many superfluous scenes here. It reminds me of Hitchcock s devilishly effective paranoia films /.../ Lidbeck/Koppel has a sure sense of style, not least when it comes to a genre where most Swedish thriller-writers fail: to write entertaining and hard-hitting dialogue which also moves the plot along. Helsingborgs Dagblad An icecold and cleverly composed thriller on guilt and revenge. Sydsvenskan Lidbeck is a skilled writer. Expressen If you like your books on the gritty and violent side it really isn t pretty in that cellar then why not try this harrowing tale of bitter revenge. Peterborough Evening Telegraph It is exciting form the first page to the last. The author builds up an infernal and nail-biting dramatic situation. DAST Magazine The Book of the Month (March 2011, Your Life Magazine): Hans Koppel s crime thriller is skilfully construed and sometimes really, really scary /.../ you are pushed along at a furious pace, curious as to how it will end. [Hans Koppel] writes refreshingly direct /.../ he touches upon loneliness and male friendship with sensitivity. Delightfully unpleasant read-in-one-go material, the plot is just bloody disgusting. Revenge is not just sweet; it can also be very, very raw which Hans Koppel proves to me in his new thriller. /.../ and although I have a suspicion how it will all end, I am sucked into the exciting plot and can t stop reading. I want more, more, more. A dense thriller of the suspenseful type with an unexpected ending. BTJ Hans Koppel s thriller debut is not for the faint of heart, because the Swedish author understands superbly how to spread fear and terror. He plays perfectly on the instruments of the genre and keeps up the tension literally until the last page. Buchjournal Just 24 hours with a break of six hours sleep - that s all I needed to read Kommer aldrig mer igen. Despite it being a 350-page thick novel. But as soon as I had grabbed hold of Hans Koppel s debut novel, stopping was no longer an option. The Scandinavian author has achieved an incredibly engrossing thriller that is selling like hot cakes in ten countries already. Berliner Kurier The detective novel is strongly reminiscent of the fate of Natascha Kampusch, who was also kidnapped and held prisoner in a small basement room for more than 3069 days by her tormentors /.../ Hans Koppel presents in his debut thriller a psychological novel that skilfully mixes reality and fantasy into a dense fabric. Siegener Zeitung

17 Crime Fiction Hans Koppel Petter Lidbeck, born 1964, lives in Stockholm. Under the pseudonym Hans Koppel he has previously published three satirical novels about the Swedish middle class of today. Kommer aldrig mer igen/never coming back, his first thriller in a planned trilogy, has now sold more than copies in the UK and copies in Sweden! Kommer aldrig mer igen Never Coming Back January 2011, 251 pages Senior Editor: Annika Seward Jensen, Telegram English translation available Kom ska vi tycka om varandra You re Mine Now October 2012, 300 pages Senior Editor: Annika Seward Jensen, Telegram Tidigare titlar av om Vi i villa (2008)»vårens bästa samtidsskildring«expressen»norénkänsla och humor i skön mix«aftonbladet»stilren och effektiv«svenska Dagbladet om Medicinen (2009)»synnerligen underhållande«tidningen Kulturen»humor och sanningar i en skruvad roman«tidningen Vi»ett riktigt lyckopiller«bibliotekstipset om Kungens födelsedag (2010)»Ett stycke lysande samtidssatir.«kristianstadsbladet»osviklig känsla för skenbart banala detaljer, distinktioner och tecken i tiden«dalarnas Tidning»dags att kliva ut på scenen och tacka för de väl förtjänta applåderna«sydsvenskan An icecold and cleverly composed thriller International critics raved about Koppel s crime debut Kommer aldrig mer igen. Now he s back with another terrifying thriller that gets under your skin. Anna is living happily with her husband and daughter outside the southern city of Helsingborg. She and two of her female colleagues the power troika of the Family Journal are on a weekend conference to lay the plans for the coming year. After dinner, Anna is courted by an attractive young man working at a local ad agency. Unlike her two colleagues, Anna has never been unfaithful, not even thought about it, but Eric is 15 years younger, athletic and intensive and she simply falls for his charms. It is the best sex Anna has ever had, but a mistake, and she is immediately regretful. She goes to Erik s place to end their affair before it goes any further, but ends up in bed with him instead. Anna tries to break up with Erik without hurting his feelings, but he reacts with jealousy and anger. Erik doesn t care that she has a husband and a daughter that she loves, and soon the conversation is alarming Anna. He will do anything to be with her, and soon the lives of her loved ones are in danger. Calle Collin the journalist we met in Never Coming Back plays a brief part in this story too. The location in southern Sweden also connects this novel with the first in the series but what ties them together even more, is the theme Hans Koppel is back with a new thrilling novel about actions and consequences. Rights sold to: Little, Brown, UK Pegasus, US Front Forlag, Norway Bruna, the Netherlands Heyne, Germany Presses de la Cité, France Piemme, Italy Ayrinti, Turkey Eurasian, Taiwan Weltbild/Swiat Ksiazki, Poland Verus/Record Publishing Group, Brazil CITIC Press, China Planeta, Spain People s Press, Denmark

18 Crime Fiction The Sebastian Bergman Series Michael Hjorth and Hans Rosenfeldt got off to a flying start with the publication of their debut Det fördolda/ Dark Secrets in With psychologist and profiler Sebastian Bergman an arrogant and narcissistic womanizer with a personal trauma in the lead role, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt had created an instant success. Months before Det fördolda was published in Sweden, translation rights were sold to nine countries. After the publication, to great reviews, the novel could be found on the bestseller list, where it remained for eight months. So far Det fördolda has sold copies in Sweden. Lärjungen/The Disciple was published in August This second part in the series reveals to the readers even more about Sebastian Bergman, in a breath-taking roller coaster ride where Sebastian is confronted with his past, and with his nemesis. Since publication, Lärjungen has sold more than copies. The third part of the series, Fjällgraven/The Mountain Grave, will be published in October Rights sold to: Norway, Aschehoug Danmark, Hr Ferdinand Finland, Bazaar Iceland, Bjartur Germany, Rowohlt The Netherlands, De Bezige Bij France, Serpent à Plumes Italy, Einaudi Greece, Psichogios Poland, Czarna Owca Czech Republic, Host Russia, Corpus Romania, Editura Trei Hungary, Animus Turkey, Pegasus Brazil, Intrinseca Australia & New Zealand, Murdoch UK, Trapdoor/Little, Brown US, Grand Central Press voices for Hjorth/Rosenfeldt s previous books: Congratulations! The best Swedish debut since Larsson? Kristianstadsbladet (SE) Det fördolda is a sensationally good Swedish crime novel. Hallands Nyheter (SE) Sebastian Bergman is a postitive addition to the crime world. An excellent thriller. Het Parol (NL) An astoundingly smart thriller De telegraaf (NL) The best Swedish crime export of Die Welt (DE)

19 Crime Fiction Hjorth & Rosenfeldt Michael Hjorth was born in 1963 in Visby. He is one of Scandinavia s most accomplished screenwriters and producers, and one of the founders of the internationally successful production company Tre Vänner. Hans Rosenfeldt was born in 1964 in Borås. He has written screenplays for twenty drama series, including the international success Bron/The Bridge and has hosted both radio and television shows. The Sebastian Bergman Series: Det fördolda/dark Secrets August 2010, 423 pages Lärjungen/The Disciple August 2011, 417 pages Fjällgraven/The Mountain Grave October 2012, 460 pages Senior Editor: Susanna Romanus Full English translation of Det fördolda available Who Lies in the Mountain Grave? Two women are hiking in the mountains of Jämtland in the North of Sweden. It s autumn and it s raining hard, and when one of them gets too close to the edge above a raging torrent, the ground gives way and the woman falls. She manages to save herself, but she and her friend make a macabre discovery: the hand of a skeleton is protruding from the river bank. The local police arrive at the scene and start digging and find that there is more than one body buried in the ground. When the area is fully excavated six bodies have been found; four adults and two children. The Crime Investigation Department (CID) is called in, and Sebastian Bergman travels to Jämtland along with the rest of the team. It is quickly established that the six were buried at the same time, but only two of the bodies can be easily identified as a Dutch couple who were reported missing in November The others remain a mystery their DNA prove that they are a family, but no family had been reported missing that autumn. Another mystery is the car accident in the area the same week that the Dutch couple disappeared. The body of a woman had been found in a brunt-out rental car, but the American name in which the car had been registered leads nowhere. A lot of things don t quite add up. In the mean time, a television journalist is investigating a so-called asylum deviation; according to authorities two male Afghan refugees went underground in summer of Shibeka, wife to one of the men, refuses to believe that her husband would leave his family voluntarily and the journalist she has contacted suspects that there might be a real, big story to detect. In Fjällgraven we follow profiler and psychologist Sebastian Bergman and his colleagues in the CID team again, and get even closer to them than we have before. In a thrilling pursuit of the truth, they are up against powerful forces who are willing to go to the ends of the earth to make their secret agenda remain secret.

20 Crime Fiction Maria Lang The queen of cosy crime, Maria Lang ( ), wrote 42 much loved detective stories. Her debut Mördaren ljuger inte ensam /The Murderer Doesn t Lie Alone was published in 1949 and was followed by a new book each year until Maria Lang (pseud. for Dagmar Lange) had a PhD in Literature and worked as a director of studies and senior lecturer at the New Elementary School for Girls in Stockholm from 1948 and until She lived at times in Nora, where she moved after her retirement. Maria Lang was a member of the Swedish detective academy. Available material: German sample translation of Se, döden pa dig väntar/see Death Upon You Wait. The Grand Old Lady of Swedish Crime Sweden s answer to Agatha Christie, and the origin of the crime novel wave of our times. She debuted in 1949 with Mördaren ljuger inte ensam and for the next 42 years she published one book per year. Maria Lang was for a long time one of the most popular and widely read crime writers but has been neglected lately. Her books are traditional puzzle mysteries often set in the academic environment or in the small mining town Skoga, a slight euphemism for Nora where the author lived for many years. Christer Wijk, a handsome and pipe-smoking detective is the recurrent problem solver in her books. The protagonist in the first novels is the dashing professor s daughter Puck Ekstedt, but from Vår sång blir stum/our song is dumb (1960), Almi Graan (an anagram of Maria Lang) a detective novelist helps Wijk solve the criminal mysteries. Maria Lang describes human passions and erotic conflicts but is sometimes startlingly modern. Like in her first novel, where she makes a both matter of fact and passionate plea that also homosexual love is real love. And this is written only five years after homosexuality was decriminalized and thirty years before the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare stopped declaring it a disease. Swedish television channel, TV4, is making a series based on six of Maria Lang s books from the forties and fifties, all set around Skoga and in different seasons. The first film will be shown in cinemas, and the tv-series that will be broadcasted in 2013 will be shown internationally, Denmark, Norway and Finland are confirmed so far. Norstedts will re-launch this vintage crime gem in the spring of 2013 with Maria Lang s first three books in new editions with an imagery of the 1950 s.

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