Swedish author and editor Nathan Larson delves deeply into the dark, gritty, and intense world of Swedish noir fiction in this discussion of the Swedish anthology, Stockholm Noir (Akashic Books, 2016).
Stockholm Noir joins Copenhagen Noir and Helsinki Noir as the third installment in Akashic’s Scandinavian Noir series. The anthology features 13 brand-new stories translated from the Swedish by Unni Drougge, Inger Edelfeldt, Carl-Michael Edenborg, Åke Edwardsson, Torbjörn Elensky, Inger Frimansson, Carl Johan de Geer, Martin Holmén, Nathan Larson, Malte Persson, Anna-Karin Selberg, Johan Theorin, and Lina Wolff. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within Stockholm, revealing a darker side of Sweden’s capital city.
The excitement around Scandinavian crime fiction in the wake of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been largely centered on Sweden—and for good reason, as revealed in Stockholm Noir. The chill of the country’s northern climate combines with Sweden’s rich cultural traditions (and contradictions) to create riveting stories by some of the country’s very best contemporary authors.
Praise for Stockholm Noir:
“Grouped under three headings, the 13 stories in this outstanding entry in Akashic’s noir series capture the gloomy underside of Sweden’s capital, portraying the hopelessness of those trapped in what Larson and Edenborg in their introduction call the city that devours your soul.”—Publishers Weekly
“Larson and Edenborg manage to unearth a dark side to a city that is verdant, clean, and surrounded by crystalline water. . . . Stockholm may not be Marseille, but Larson and Edenborg’s contributors show that even a verdant place with socialized medicine can have its seamy side.”—Kirkus Reviews
Following the discussion, copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
About Nathan Larson
Nathan Larson is an award-winning film composer, musician, and the author of the novels The Dewey Decimal System (Akashic Books, 2011), The Nervous System (Akashic Books, 2012), and The Immune System (Akashic Books, 2015).
He has made music for many films, including Boys Don’t Cry (1999), Margin Call (2011), and the Swedish movies Lilya 4-Ever/Lilja 4-ever (2002) and Stockholm Stories (2013). He and his wife, singer Nina Persson, divide their time between New York City and Sweden.