Articles 

E-books on the rise

E-books bigger than hardbacks in the US

E-books are on the rise worldwide. I the US e-books now make a bigger turnover than the hardback version of the same books. In India, Australia and Britain purchases of e-books are also increasing rapidly, according to the Monday Note newsletter. But in Sweden the e-book is still far behind hardbacks and pocket editions – even if sales exhibit a strong increase.

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Stieglarsson.com now a part of The Literary Magazine

In a league of his own

Stieg Larsson is not only a crime writer and fighter for democracy; he is also in a league of his own. He makes tourists to go on pilgrimages to Stockholm for the purpose of participating in Stockholm City Museum’s guided “Millennium Walks”, where you can walk in the trail of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, main characters in The Millennium Trilogy. Even though he only wrote three books starring the protagonists before his tragic death in a heart-attack in 2004, his heroes has risen to a huge popularity in both the books and movies based on them.

Like almost no writer before him, Stieg Larsson has managed to put Sweden on the map and introduced “Swedish Crime” on the international scene.

The world’s largest Stieg Larsson Fan Site, www.stieglarsson.com, who has had more than 3.7 million visitors, is now a part of The Literary Magazine/LitteraturMagazinet.

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The Crown Princess of sweden presented the award during a ceremony

Guus Kuijer received the Astrid Lindgren Award

On Monday evening, May 28, 2012 the Dutch children's author Guus Kuijer officially received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) during a formal ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall.

When he received a prize diploma from Crown Princess Victoria's hand he took the opportunity to thank his publisher at home in the Netherlands - and all publishers abroad who dared to bet on publishing his books, "even though no one can pronounce the name of the author".

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Writer portraits

Stefan Tegenfalk

Stefan Tegenfalk

Stefan Tegenfalk released his debut novel, a mixture between crime and thriller, as recently as 2010.

Helene Tursten

Helene Tursten

Helen Tursten, a former dentist, is one of Sweden's most popular crime writers. She has published ten books in her series about Detective Inspector Irene Huss.

Liza Marklund

Liza Marklund

Liza Marklund is a publicist, journalist, opinion-maker and one of Sweden's most popular crime writers. She is one of the very few Swedish writers who has had a bestseller in all the Nordic countries and in the United States.

 Interviews 
Legends from a barren island

Legends from a barren island

Johan Theorin, writer of horror literature, seems to be stuck with the island of Öland. Many of his books are set on the oblong, barren island off the Swedish southeast coast. The writer himself spent all his childhood summers at the island, at his grandparent's cottage.

- The landscape at Öland is almost like a scene. It’s more of agoraphobia than of claustrophobia in the flat landscape with the great, open sky above it. For me, it's also a mental landscape which I can slide in and out of whenever needed, he says.

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He writes six books a year

He writes six books a year

Being very productive, author Martin Widmark is nearly always found on the fast moving shelves with books for children and young adults. The characters “Jerry and Maya” and “Nelly Rapp” are read and loved all over the world. At the moment, the series about “Jerry and Maya” is being translated into Chinese, where there are more than 300 million children in Widmark's target group.

- There's a large middle-class in China, which might not be the first thing people think about when discussing the country. Many families only have one child and they put all their resources into the care and education to make sure that their child becomes successful, says Martin Widmark.

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 Book review 

Reveiw of In the Blood, Lisa Unger

One of my absolute favorite book ever

Actually, I wish I could read all her books all at once"
When I just before Christmas found myself with a review copy of Lisa Unger's new book In the Blood in my hands, I had no idea that it was going to be one of the biggest reading experiences of the year. Actually, one of the biggest reading experiences I have ever had. I loved this book so, so much and read it in just a few days, for reasons I for once actually can sum up in a few short words: First of all, Lisa Unger's writing is captive, interesting and extremely well perform...
Reader: Anette Blomqvist

Who really reads poetry nowadays?

New Collected Poems, Tomas Tranströmer
Many people read poetry in their youth as they search for expressions of their emotions. In grief we return"

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Reader: Esther Hansen

Theorin leaves you with a hunger for more

Echoes from the Dead, Johan Theorin
With a language that floats like ice in water, Johan Theorin captures the reader in the first page and doesn’t let go."

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Reader: Emma Kreü

Vallgren keeps the reader close

The Merman, Carl-Johan Vallgren
This was a very painful read but at the same time appealing and sometimes even pleasing"

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Reader: Emma Kreü

Reveiw of Blackwater, Kerstin Ekman

A poetic masterpiece

With a poetic language and a story that catches you from the first page, Kerstin Ekman has managed to write a masterpiece in a league of its own."
There’s something about Kerstin Ekman’s story about the village Blackwater and the barren nature surrounding it that touches me deep inside when reading it and I cannot really identify what it is. The atmosphere in the book is pressing, the feeling that something is wrong, very wrong grows stronger by the page and it reeks from each and every word. The river, the mire and the forest, there’s a tone loaded with anxiety surrounding the neighboring nature that reminds me o...
Reader: Emma Kreü

The Grand Larsson

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
The book drained me emotionally but also filled me with emotion"

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Reader: Ali Karim, Assistant Editor - Shots Magazine

A Brilliantly--engineered Novel

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
A Brilliantly engineered Novel"

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Reader: Kevin Arnold

Marital problems!

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
the book they were all holding was Les hommes qui n'aimaient pas les femmes"

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Reader: Nora
 Elin Lucassi: Nobel Prize 2012 
 Five Questions 
Kerstin Ekman: ”My work is mine only”

She writes herself into non-existent worlds

Kerstin Ekman: ”My work is mine only”

Kerstin Ekman writes because it comes natural to her:

- Like the way swimming comes natural to a frog.

Her latest novel, ”Grand final i skojarbranschen” (not yet translated to English), was published in Swedish in 2011. Here she answers The Literary Magazine’s five questions about books and writing.

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Leif GW Persson wants to keep developing as a writer

”Everything I have written so far can be much better"

Leif GW Persson has recently published his autobiography ”Gustavs grabb” (not yet translated), but that doesn’t mean that he sits back and relaxes. He wants to keep developing as a writer and is always carrying ”the great novel” which he hasn’t written yet:

- There is no better companion on the journey of life.

Here he responds to The Literary Magazine’s five questions about books and writing.

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Books of special interest

The Merman

by Carl-Johan Vallgren
A story about the darkness that lives in all humans, even though most of us try to deny it.

Echoes from the Dead

by Johan Theorin
This is the first novel in the author’s planned quartet of books taking place on the Swedish island of Öland.

The Dogs of Riga

by Henning Mankell
The second book in the Kurt Wallander series.

Simon and the Oaks

by Marianne Fredriksson
A beautiful story about sons and their mothers.

New Collected Poems

by Tomas Tranströmer
Tomas Tranströmer is the 2011 Nobel Prize laureate in Literature. This books contains his collected work from his debut in 1954 with "17 Poems" to his most recent publications.

The Red Room

by August Strindberg
Criticizing the moral and hypocrisy in 1870s Stockholm.

Children's books

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

by Selma Lagerlöf
“The Wonderful Adventures of Nils”, written in 1906 to 1907, came to be when Selma Lagerlöf was asked to write a book that could teach Swedish geography to school children.

Pippi Longstocking

by Astrid Lindgren
Pippi Longstocking lives alone in the big house “Villekulla“. Her father is busy pirating at sea and ruling as king of Kurrekurredutt Isle. But she is not lonely, as she has her friends Tommy and Annika, her horse Little buddy and her monkey Mr. Nilsson.

Bridget and the Moose Brothers

by Pija Lindenbaum
Bridget is all alone. She wants a sibling. A small one who can fit in her doll bed. Or maybe a big brother. Outside her building she meets the moose brothers and invites them to her room, having big plans to become their little sister.

When Owen's Mom Breathed Fire

by Pija Lindenbaum
Owen´s mom is always very busy. Every morning she is in a great hurry to get Owen up and to school and herself to work. But one day she has been turned into a big dragon and no longer knows how to be a mum.

The Diamond Mystery

by Martin Widmark
The first part in the popular series about Jerry and Maya, the children who are running their very own detective agency.

The Literary Magazine lists

Money

by Victoria Benedictsson
“Money” is Benedictsson's first novel, publish...

The Merman

by Carl-Johan Vallgren
Coming from a shattered family, the children Nella and Robert ...

Miss Julie

by August Strindberg
It’s Midsummer night in 1874 at a Count’s estate s...

The Red Room

by August Strindberg
First published in 1879, it received mixed reviews in Sweden, ...

New Collected Poems

by Tomas Tranströmer
Tomas Tranströmer is the 2011 Nobel Prize laureate in Lit...

The Dogs of Riga

by Henning Mankell
It’s the winter of 1991 and a small life raft with two d...

Italian Shoes

by Henning Mankell
On a small, isolated island in the Stockholm archipelago, Fred...

I Die, But the Memory Lives On

by Henning Mankell
A nonfictional fable about a growing tradition in countries in...

The Man from Beijing

by Henning Mankell
On a freezing day in January, a body is found in the snow in t...

The Ice Princess

by Camilla Läckberg
Published in 2002, this is Camilla Läckberg’s debut...

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