Hans Rosenfeldt’s Swedish-Danish crime TV series The Bridge has not only gained great success in Scandinavia, but become hugely popular around the globe and received several awards.
The latest in the line of tributes is one from The New York Times. The newspaper listed The Bridge as the second best foreign series of the year and describes the fourth season as “complicated,” “spine-tingling,” and “occasionally quite funny.”
‘Macbeth’ chosen as one of The Observer’s Best Books of 2018
The British newspaper The Observer’s critics have compiled a list of their must reads of 2018, and one of the ten titles in the Thriller category is Jo Nesbø’s Macbeth. Literary critic Alison Flood writes the following about Nesbø’s retelling of the classic:
“Macbeth by Jo Nesbø (Vintage) [...] transport[s] Shakespeare’s tragedy to a poverty-stricken, drug ridden Scottish industrial town, turning the protagonist into a Swat commander and leaving the reader delighting in discovering how the Norwegian author has transposed everything from Hecate to Lady Macbeth.”
‘Britt-Marie Was Here’ winner of a LiveLib Readers’ Choice Awards 2018
Fredrik Backman’s Britt-Marie Was Here is the winner of a LiveLib Readers’ Choice Awards in Russia, taking home the prize for ‘Best Translated Fiction’. This means that the novel has qualified for the super final, in which the winners of all categories compete for a final award. The last day of voting is December 19th.
The official bestseller lists for the last week of November have been announced, and Lars Kepler’s Lazarus is back at No. 1 in hardcover and audio. Kepler also places second on the e-book list. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice appears at No. 4 on the hardcover list, additionally claiming the fourth and fifth place on the audio and e-book lists. Last in the hardcover category’s top five is Jonas Gardell and In Memory of an Unconditional Love, at No. 5.
The paperback list sees Stina Jackson’s The Silver Road shoot to No. 2. Jackson’s debut novel comes in fourth on the e-book list. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman also features on the paperback list, claiming the No. 3 spot.
Finishing this week’s bestseller list roundup is Ulf Lundell’s Weekdays, No. 3 in the audio category.
Lars Kepler and Jørn Lier Horst No. 1 and No. 3 in Norway
Lars Kepler and Jørn Lier Horst reprise their performances on last week’s official Norwegian bestseller list for e-books, Kepler coming in at No. 1 with Lazarus and Horst at No. 3 with The Innermost Room.
Fredrik Backman’s Beartown is No. 1 on two of China’s major bestseller lists this week. Dangdang is one of the major online sales channels in China and Douban is the Chinese equivalent to Goodread’s bestseller list.
Arne Dahl has been awarded the prestigious European Crime Fiction Star Award (the Ripper Award). The award ceremony will take place on February 25, 2019 in Germany, where the winner will do a reading of their latest work. The Ripper Award honors a crime fiction author who has rendered outstanding services to crime literature within Europe. Past winners include Henning Mankell, Håkan Nesser, Fred Vargas, and Jussi Adler-Olsen.
The November children’s books bestseller list in Norway
Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes occupy two of the top five spots on the official November bestseller list for children’s books in Norway. At No. 2 is the duo’s new Christmas-themed short activity book, The Search for the Green Mitten. At No. 3 is Operation Junk Thief, the fourteenth book in Detective Agency No. 2 the series.
Jo Nesbø and Jørn Lier Horst two of the most sold authors of the decade in Norway
An official list of the most sold Norwegian fiction titles of the last decade has been announced by the Norwegian Booksellers Association. Jo Nesbø is the authorship with most titles on the list, occupying a total of eight positions - six of which are in the top ten. Police tops the list at No. 1, followed by Phantom at No. 2, and The Leopard at No. 3. Also on the list are The Son, The Thirst, Headhunters, The Snowman, and Blood on Snow.
The Ministry of Education and Culture has awarded director Selma Vilhunen the Finnish National Prize. Vilhunen is one of eight artists and groups to receive the award, granted in acknowledgement of a significant artistic career, achievement or promising breakthrough. The prize has been awarded since 1993 and amounts to EUR 24.700.
“With this year’s National Prize we wish to honor solid artistic know-how. These artists represent long-standing competence in, and impact on, the Finnish art field,” says Minister Sampo Terho.
Director, producer and screenwriter Abbe Hassan is the producer behind the critically acclaimed feature film A Hustler’s Diary (2017), which became one of the most successful Swedish films of the year. He has directed several short films, the latest being Gold (2017), which won ‘Best Short Film’ at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival Kids, and the Grand Short Film Prize at the 2018 Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival.
Hassan is currently writing the screenplay of the feature film Exodus, which he is also set to direct.
Niklas Natt och Dag and Fredrik Backman shortlisted for LiveLib Readers’ Choice Awards 2018
Niklas Natt och Dag and Fredrik Backman have each been shortlisted for a LiveLib Readers’ Choice Award 2018 in Russia. LiveLib is the biggest readers portal in the country, much in the vein of Goodreads. Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman is shortlisted in the category ‘Best Crime Novel’, and Backman’s Britt-Marie Was Here in ‘Best Translated Novel of the Year’. The winning authors and titles will be announced on December 19th.
Click “Read more” below to see the full list of nominees and to cast your vote.
Lars Kepler, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt, Niklas Natt och Dag, Jonas Gardell, and Anders de la Motte on the Swedish bestseller lists
Today the official Swedish bestseller lists for week 46 and 47 (November 12-25th) were released. Week 46’s lists saw Lars Kepler’s Lazarus come in at No. 2 on the hardcover list and at No. 1 on both the audio and e-book lists. Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s A Higher Justice came in at No. 3 on the hardcover and audio lists, claiming also the No. 2 spot on the e-book one. Niklas Natt och Dag’s The Wolf and the Watchman made a repeat appearance at No. 2 on the paperback list.
Week 47’s lists feature an extended cast of bestselling authors and titles: Lars Kepler, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt, and Niklas Natt och Dag stay put on the hardcover, e-book, audio and paperback lists, but are also joined by Jonas Gardell, whose In Memory of an Unconditional Love climbs the hardcover list once more to claim the No. 4 spot. Anders de la Motte’s Dead of Winter comes in just after, at No. 5. Dead of Winter also appears at No. 5 on the e-book list.
Lars Kepler and Jørn Lier Horst on the Norwegian bestseller lists
On this week’s Norwegian bestseller lists, Lars Kepler’s Lazarus once again comes in at No. 1 in the e-book category. Jørn Lier Horst’s latest installment in the Cold Case Quartet, The Innermost Room, comes in at No. 3.
Sofi Oksanen has been awarded a prestigious Medal of Honour by the French Order Ordre des Arts et des Lettres that recognizes significant contributions to the arts and literature, or the propagation of these fields, by French and foreign citizens alike. She receives the Chevalier (Knight’s) distinction, which in the past been bestowed upon the likes of William S. Burroughs, Alice Munro and Tim Burton. The ceremony which will see Sofi decorated is to be held at the beginning of 2019 in France. Oksanen has previously been the recipient of several major French literary awards, notably the Fnac- and Prix Femina Ètranger awards for her novel Purge in 2010.
Johannes Nyholm’s ‘Koko-di Koko-da’ to premiere at Sundance
Johannes Nyholm’s anticipated feature film Koko-di Koko-da will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and take part in its World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Nyholm attended the festival for the first time in 2012, then with his short film Las Palmas (the trailer of which has over 20 million views on YouTube).
Koko-di Koko-da follows a couple who, after a family tragedy, goes on a vacation in order to reconnect. They are confronted by their inner demons in the form of a surreal circus company that pulls them into a maelstrom of psychological terror.
Koko-di Koko-da is produced by Johannes Nyholm and co-produced by Maria Møller Christofferson, Beofilm in Denmark.
‘The Electric State’ chosen as an NPR Best Books of 2018 title
Each year, NPR - an American media organization serving as a national syndicator to a network of over 1,000 public radio stations in the U.S. - publishes The Book Concierge, an interactive, year-end reading guide. The books featured in the Concierge are chosen by NPR staff and literary critics, and are tagged with different categories such as The Dark Side (dystopias, true crime) and The States We’re In (the American experience, both true and fictional).
Simon Stålenhag’s international bestseller The Electric State can be found as a recommended read in six categories in the 2018 guide: Comics & Graphic Novels, Family Matters, For Art Lovers, Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, The Dark Side, and The States We’re In. NPR adds the following review and motivation:
“Simon Stalenhag’s previous books – combinations of wild, gorgeous, photo-realistic alt-history art and tiny vignettes linked together into tight stories of people living in his imaginary pasts – have been focused on his native Sweden. But [The] Electric State is his first set in America, and it reads (and looks) like a nightmare travelogue of a young woman and her robot traveling across an American West ruined by war, populated by Lovecraftian machines and haunted by technological nightmares, in search of her missing brother. It is a sick and sweaty vision of an unlived era of American history, a post-human 1997 that never was, but almost could’ve been.”