Sunday, August 30, 2009

One more thing about The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

I've just finished The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and I think things remain to be said about Stieg Larsson's much-discussed first novel. I won't say them now, though, except to note that the last few pages contain two of the most endearingly self-deprecating bits of self-reference in all of crime fiction — unless one regards the bits as self-justification, grimly ironic or not self-referential at all.

I won't give away much if I reveal that the references concern a book written by protagonist Mikael Blomkvist.

(Stieg Larsson's English translator, Steven T. Murray [a.k.a. Reg Keeland], will be a member of my panel on crime fiction and translation at Bouchercon 2009.)

© Peter Rozovsky 2009

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6 Comments:

Blogger petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

It's been a long while, Peter! You've been on quite a journey! Congratulations! And enjoy the ride!

The title, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," is fetching!

August 31, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks, and I shall.

August 31, 2009  
Blogger TheresNoTylerDurden said...

Loved Stieg Larsson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Aside from Hakan Nesser can you recommend another nordic author or specific novel which you think may even be better than Stieg Larsson?

Thanks for the recommendation!

September 08, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

The Draining Lake and Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indriðason or Nemesis by Jo Nesbø would be fine places to start. Enjoy them!

September 08, 2009  
Blogger TheresNoTylerDurden said...

Thanks Peter. Will check them out!!! Appreciate it!

September 08, 2009  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

You’re welcome. One Swedish crime writer I have not yet read is Camilla Läckberg. She lists her own top ten Swedish crime novels here.

September 08, 2009  

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