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Nordic Noir (Pocket Essentials) Paperback – 25 Mar 2013
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"As a huge fan of the genre, and someone who has read, watched and enjoyed much of it, I found this book informative and entertaining and I learned a lot....the real reason for the success of this book is partly because Forshaw is an expert on the crime genre in general, but largely because he knows the author's personally thus giving the interviews depth and honesty." --Mystery People
About the Author
Barry Forshaw is an expert on crime fiction, and writes extensively on film. He is the author of the Pocket Essentials Italian Cinema, The Man Who Left Too Soon, and The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction. He has written for various national newspapers, edits Crime Time, and is a talking head for ITV and BBC TV documentaries. He was previously the vice chair of the Crime Writers' Association.
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It covers not only Nordic crime fiction,but also
film(eg 'The Killing'and even 'Borgen').
The author knows what he is writing about ,and most
items in the genre are included.Yet what gives this
book its edge is that he has interviewed many of the
authors and directors,and their comments are often most
A very useful,and good value guide,for anyone with any
interest in the genre.
Bargain at 0.99p not sure I would think £3.49 good value though as repetative at times and mostly information you can find searching the internet.
Where it pleases best is from interviews with our favourite authors and I particularly liked the varied opinions on who is the best Kurt Wallander.
Lacks a bit of objectivity and not fully convinced of the authors comments about why certain Scandinavian countries / authors do better in getting their work translated into English. Also more of an argument could have been made for the actual work of a translator and how this process really makes so much difference.
Something was said about books being published out of sequence but not really worked through logically to explain the situation adequately for fans who seem to wait ages for a publisher to grasp the goose to lay the golden eggs. As exampled with Asa Larsson's series which stalled and then after the hiatus became more readily available in the UK. I hoped for a better discussion and explanation and why certain authors never seem to make the breakthrough at all.
Also feel the writing in this book is repetative even to the point of failing to use a Thesaurus and repeating clichéd adjectives like saturnine over and over again.
As my public name suggests (Nordic crime fan) I was really keen to read this book and it has not disappointed. I have enjoyed it and would recommend it to anybody who enjoys Scandinavian crime writing.
Barry Forshaw really knows his subject and gives a potted-history of how Scandi-crime fiction has developed.
I've learnt a lot, and been introduced to some authors I'd never come across. Great gift for any friend who enjoys the genre.
I really liked this guide, which revisited some of my favourites , and also introduced me to some books /films which I have yet to discover.
A must for fans of Nordic Noir.