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Sjöwall Wahlöö

Sjöwall Wahlöö

Maj Sjöwall (1935) and Per Wahlöö (1926-1975) were a crime writing duo that is best known for their series of ten books about Martin Beck. They have been given the credit of creating the modern detective novel.

Sjöwall/Wahlöö were socialists and their novels are written from their viewpoint, criticising Swedish society, which at the time was ruled by a social democratic government. Many important political events in the world were used as backdrops in the novels, such as the Vietnam War.

The first book in the Martin Beck series, “Roseanna” was published in 1965 and after that, the duo published one book each year for ten years, up until the last one, “The Terrorists”, in 1975. All the ten books were given the subtitle “Report of a Crime”, indicating the criticism of the capitalist society which the authors included in their books.

“The Laughing Policeman” won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Novel and was later adapted into an American film with the same name in 1973, starring Walter Matthau as Detective Jake Martin (Martin Beck).

All of the books in the series have been adapted into films at least once, mainly in Sweden, but also by German, American, Belgian and Dutch production companies.
 

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 Book presentations 

Roseanna

The body of a young woman is found in a canal, but nobody can identify her and the trace quickly goes cold.

The Laughing Policeman

Eight people are killed in a madman's attack of a public transport bus and Martin Beck and his team investigate the crime.

Murder at the Savoy

Martin Beck investigates the murder of a wealthy businessman who is shot in an exclusive restaurant.

The Terrorists

An American senator is visiting Sweden and Martin Beck and his team are trying to prevent an attack on him.



Publications

Roseanna

by Sjöwall Wahlöö
The body of a young woman is found in a canal, but nobody can identify her and the trace quickly goes cold.

The Laughing Policeman

by Sjöwall Wahlöö
Eight people are killed in a madman's attack of a public transport bus and Martin Beck and his team investigate the crime.

Murder at the Savoy

by Sjöwall Wahlöö
Martin Beck investigates the murder of a wealthy businessman who is shot in an exclusive restaurant.

The Terrorists

by Sjöwall Wahlöö
An American senator is visiting Sweden and Martin Beck and his team are trying to prevent an attack on him.

Books of special interest

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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.

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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.

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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

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“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

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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

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Miss Julie

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The Red Room

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First published in 1879, it received mixed reviews in Sweden, ...

New Collected Poems

by Tomas Tranströmer
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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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