Saturday, July 25, 2009

Swedish books in American press

A week ago the Swedish book "Grabben i graven bredvid" by Katarina Mazetti was reviewed in Entertainment Weekly. The title translated to "Benny & Shrimp" (for those of you who read the book in Swedish you know that the female character is called "Räkan" i.e. "Shrimp").

"Here is a romance novel for the hip and smart - a zingy, gently, funny ode to sex and love and the emotional awakening of a self contained man and a woman", the reviewer wrote. The book got a A-, which is a pretty good grade. Maybe I have to read it again... Or watch the movie I'm pretty sure is in my Swedish DVD library. Must have been over 10 years since I read the book. I really like the fact that it might become a hit here - always nice to see Swedish authors at Borders.

This week, the second book in the Swedish author Stieg Larson's trilogy, "Flickan som lekte med elden", title translated to "The Girl Who Played With Fire" got a full page in Entertainment Weekly. The book got a B-.

Great month for Swedish authors in the US!


Anna, Fair and True said...

Intressant att Mazettis bok fick bättre betyg än allas idol Stieg Larsson!

Anonymous said...

I loved this book. Is the sequel available in English yet?

Anonymous said...

Ha, jag gillar att Stieg Larsson bara fick en B- - jag verkar vara den enda i hela världen som inte fattar vad som är så bra med Millenium-triologien!?

JaCal said...

Anna - ja - olika kritiker kanske - de är ju helt olika genrer på sätt och vis.

Anonymous - which one - the Stieg Larson? The sequel is out.

Petche - haha - ja, de är väl lite väl hypade tycker jag. Bra och läsvärda men vet inte riktigt vad det är som gjort dem såå framgångsrika. Att han olyckligtvis gick bort?