Anders Rydell and Jesper Huor assigned The Swedish Academy’s reward

Anders Rydell and Jesper Huor have both been assigned a reward from The Swedish Academy’s own funds. The authors names will be acknowledged at the academy’s formal gathering on December 20th.

Their latest work is the critically acclaimed Destroy the False Gods.


Kristina Ohlsson No. 1 in Sweden

Kristina Ohlsson claims the No. 1 spot on the paperback list also this week, featuring at the top with Dimmed Lights, the third August Strindberg novel. She is also the No. 1 most sold on the paperback list for the month of November.

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Sofi Oksanen awarded the Finland National Prize

Sofi Oksanen has just been awarded the Finland National Prize of 2023.

Oksanen is being honored for her rich body of work with a motivation which reads:

“Sofi Oksanen is one of the most internationally successful Finnish writers, whose works have been translated into 40 languages. Oksanen writes about war, humanity, the position of women and the problems of society in an analytical and perceptive way. Oksanen made her breakthrough with the novel Purge, which she wrote based on a play she had written for the Finnish National Theatre. In her most recent essay, Same River Twice – Putin’s War Against Women, the author describes the logic of Russia’s warfare and especially its relationship with women: sexual violence, child deportations and disinformation campaigns, offering new information and a fresh perspective on a current topic that affects us all.”

The Finland National Prize is a cultural award conferred by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland and has been handed out annually since 1993 to Finnish artists of great importance.

‘Love fårever’ to be released on Netflix

Staffan Lindberg is director and writer of the coming Netflix feature film Love fårever which was filmed on Gotland this summer.

In Love fårever, Hanna and Samuel from Stockholm plan a low-key and intimate wedding on Gotland, but everything ends with chaos. Hanna runs away from the wedding and a fight breaks out. Out of this turmoil a new day is rising. A day that will be the start of a happier future.

In the cast we see Matilda Källström, Charlie Gustafsson, Kjell Bergqvist, Anja Lundqvist, Barbro “Babben” Larsson, Claes Malmberg, Julia Heveus and Philip Oros.

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New Netflix original series ‘Glaskupan’

The new Swedish Netflix crime series Glaskupan will soon begin shooting in Älvdalen. The series is developed by best-selling author Camilla Läckberg and will be directed by Lisa Farzaneh and Henrik Björn. Lisa Linnertorp, Amanda Högberg and Axel Stjärne are the series’ writers.

Behaviorist and criminologist Lejla returns to a small depopulated community somewhere in Sweden. She has dual feelings about the place. Somewhere in this village, she was held captive by an unknown perpetrator as a young girl. But it is also the place where she finally found a home, with the now retired police chief Valter. When Lejla returns, it doesn’t take long before a girl disappears. As Valter and Lejla dig into the disappearance, she is also forced to face her own darkness – a place she has long tried to keep closed. It seems that the whole village holds secrets. Could it be history repeating itself?

‘The Guilt You Carry’ on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list

Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s latest book and 8th installment in the Sebastian Bergman series, The Guilt You Carry can be seen at No. 4 on the Der Spiegel’s bestseller list this week for hardcover fiction.

Lovrenski, Horst & Enger, Lier Horst and Hjorth & Rosenfeldt on top in Norway

Back in the Day by Oliver Lovrenski remains at No.1 on the hardcover list for week 48, along with Horst & Enger’s Stigma on the paper back list, followed by Jørn Lier Horst’s The Traitor at No. 4. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt steadily hold the No. 1 spot on the e-book list, with The Guilt You Carry, followed by Back in the Day at No. 4.

Yrsa Sigurdardóttir No. 2 in Iceland

The Surge, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir’s third novel in the Black Ice series, shoots to No. 2 on the Icelandic bestseller list in all categories in November.

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‘Back in the Day’ and ‘The Glass Man’ on VG’s ‘Best books of the year’ list

Oliver Lovrenski’s Back in the Day and Anders de la Motte’s second installment in The Leo Asker Series, The Glass Man, are two of the titles featured on Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang’s “Best books of the year 2023” list for literature & fiction. The annual list is put together by renowned critics by picking out their own personal favorite reads of the past year. The critics’ words are as follows:

Back in The Day, for Best Fiction of 2023:
“I can’t recall seeing a debutant receive the kind of attention that Oliver Lovrenski has garnered in a very, very long time. And it’s completely deserved.”

“What a scorcher of a debut novel! The 19-year-old Lovrenski has burst onto the scene, into bookstores, and into the hearts of readers with tremendous force.”

The Glass Man, for Best Crime of 2023:
“A creepy opening kicks off the second book /…/ and the eeriness persists throughout the entire book. De la Motte is adept at creating eerie and fascinating perpetrators. ‘The Glass Man’ is even better than last year’s ‘The Mountain King,’ and it’s extremely difficult to put down.”