Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Synergy and Swedes

Proof that print and blogging can co-exist, my article about four Swedish crime novelists appears in today's Philadelphia Inquirer.

© Peter Rozovsky 2007

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Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Congratulations on your article, Peter. The only problem is you have introduced yet another group of writers I have to read. Kjell Eriksson seems particularly interesting as he boldly kills his professor of Italian Renaissance Literature in the first chapter, and he comes from Uppsala. Too many books, not enough time.

June 19, 2007  
Blogger Peter said...

Thanks. That professor turns out to be a kind of pathetic character, though he never recognizes it. Naturally Eriksson writes of him sympathetically.

The article stemmed from the reading with the four writers, about which I made a series of posts a couple of months back. Eriksson said at the time that the gulf between the two sides of Uppsala was a major theme of his writing.

June 20, 2007  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

I visited the intellectual side, there were lots of bicycles.

June 20, 2007  
Blogger Peter said...

As opposed to broken-down old Volvos up on blocks on the wrong side of town, I suppose.

In fact, I read something about Uppsala not long after my visit with Eriksson, Tursten et al., that made the east side of Uppsala seem less like a wrong side of the tracks in the American sense than like an unassuming residential area. In fact, that might well have been in Eriksson's own The Cruel Stars of the Night. I suspect that an American wrong side of town is wronger than a Swedish wrong side.

June 20, 2007  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

I wonder if Scandinavian cities today are as prosperous as they looked back during our trips in 1990-1993. On one occasion we were directed to a "working class" area of Helsinki, and found a supermarket that looked like Harrods food hall.

June 23, 2007  
Blogger Peter said...

That's an interesting indicator. One of the signs of a truly wretced American urban neigborhood is the lack of any supermarket, much less one that looks like Harrod's.

I hope all the disillusioned Nordic crime writers do not scare you off a return visit to Sweden and Finland!

June 23, 2007  
Blogger Johnny said...

I'm glad the Inky printed your article. I finished PRINCESS OF BURUNDI last week, and I'm now working on THE RETURN. God bless the Swiss!

August 19, 2007  
Blogger Peter said...

Thanks for the kind words, Johnny, and congratulations on your taste in crime fiction. I hope publishers will get around to commissioning translations of more of Nesser's work into English.

Your reference to "the Inky" makes me suspect you're from the Philadelphia region. Am I right?

August 19, 2007  

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