New Publication: Scandinavian Crime Ficiton
Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen’s (UCL Scandinavian Studies) book, Scandinavian Crime Fiction, is published by Bloomsbury on 12 January 2017.
With its bleak urban environments, psychologically compelling heroes and socially engaged plots, Scandinavian crime writing has captured the imaginations of a global audience in the 21st century. Exploring the genre’s key themes, international impact and socio-political contexts, Scandinavian Crime Fiction guides readers through such key texts as Sjöwall and Wahlöö’s Novel of a Crime, Gunnar Staalesen’s Varg Veum series, Peter Høeg’s Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, Henning Mankell’s Wallander books, Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy and TV series such as The Killing. With its focus on the function of crime fiction in both reflecting and shaping the late-modern Scandinavian welfare societies, this book is essential for readers, viewers and fans of contemporary crime writing.