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For an American audience it is difficult to understand that in spite of the proximity of various Scandinavian countries towards each other their individual identities are nevertheless remarkably pronounced. Here in America we can travel thousands of miles across state lines with lit What I have learned from Barry Forshaw is that knowledge of anything lends the possessor of that knowledge subtle pleasures more rich and atmospheric than that which is provided to those not possessing such knowledge.
Here in America we can travel thousands of miles across state lines with little or no pronounced discernment in culture, tradition, and language Denmark, on the other hand, can fit multiple times over within the confines of say a single state, like North Carolina! What do we as Americans really know about Scandinavia? It's not as if this block of countries is at the forefront of our schools' social studies curriculum.
Is it that Iceland is barren and has volcanoes? That Sweden has a social welfare system to die for? That Norway has oil and fjords? Culturally, we have heard of Hans Christian Andersen, the little mermaid, or that vikings once roamed this part of the world. Or maybe we remember reading Henrik Ibsen?
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And what about Finland, do we know anything at all aside from perhaps reading Kierkegaard? So when inhabitants of these Scandinavian countries lend an extraordinary patience towards Americans who lazily lump these distinct individual countries together we find Barry Forshaw's study an extraordinary effort to avoid such misconceptions. For those who have been reading my reviews of Scandinavian and Nordic crime fiction - reviews that incorporate many tidbits derived from this single reference manual, Barry Forshaw opens up a world of Scandinavian writers and equally talented translators in what can only be termed as a celebration of the Scandinavian crime genre.
The prose is straightforward, devoid of the sensationalism and romanticism to which we in America are so accustomed Nesbo and Larsson may be the exception. Get ready to travel into forbidding territory - the Nordic soul - where the effect is one of lowering one's emotional temperature while simultaneously affording the reader a cool, balanced appraisal of the situations and characters that are presented to us.
The Northern view of life is famously bleak and once the reader is accustomed to this, we're in for a fabulous ride into strange psychological territories, often morbid and deadly and rendered in hyper realism. This book see table of contents below places all the authors, translators and book publishers within the context of social changes that occur in their respective countries. A journalist, chronicler of the genre, and talking head for the CWA Awards, with Death in a Cold Climate he covers in depth the extraordinarily popular sub-genre that is Nordic noir Through interviews with authors and translators, Forshaw offers in-depth takes on the cream of the Nordic crop Death in a Cold Climate can be read cover to cover or dipped into using the comprehensive index.
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