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August 13   -   ArtsJournal: music

This Is How Scandinavian Crime Fiction Took Over The World

In Sweden in 1998, "among the ten bestselling books of the month was not even a single Swedish crime novel. There were historical novels, chick lit, contemporary novels, satire. And just two crime novels of any description: one British, one American. That’s how the literary scene looked just 20 years ago! ... The Swedish crime novel — the Scandinavian crime novel — was stuck in a rut of whodunnits, essentially the same thing written over and over again." Then things changed.

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