Stieg Larsson, Swedish writer"Men who hate women"
Posted 15 March 2009 - 04:12 PM
"Men who hate women"
"The girl who played with fire"
"The castle that was blewn up"
All the books have been made into movies and "Men who hate women" has just been released. I saw it the other day and was impressed, normally I am a bit dubious and never trust movies made from books. OK, if one sees the movie first and then reads the book it is usually a better idea. The audience must have liked it too, there was a round of applause during the final scene.
So, I do recommend the books and the films, or at least the one I saw.
Just to clarify matters: This is not kind of Bergmanesque morose stuff, it is violent, tough, murder, shooting - that kind of stuff. Highly entertaining and very good acting all round.
Posted 16 March 2009 - 02:02 AM
In the meantime, I have fallen in love with James Church's wonderful Inspector O novels, set in North Korea. You might enjoy these. More poetry than prose. Quite exquisite, polished writing.
Posted 16 March 2009 - 01:53 PM
As a rule the better the book, the harder it is to film it well, because in the best books form and content are so close that inevitably something is lost in translation.
Two reviews of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo":
One’s reaction to information of this kind—at least my reaction—is to think, It’s probably terrible, but there must be something to it. And in this case, that reaction is correct: The book is terrible, but there’s certainly something to it.
Posted 16 March 2009 - 03:02 PM
Still recommend the books, in spite of what some critics say.
Posted 17 March 2009 - 01:15 AM
Have you read the books in English and Swedish? The one I've read so far seemed really well translated, which has to make a huge difference. For instance, I cannot understand the populariy of Henning Mankell but perhaps his books are poorly translated?
Posted 17 March 2009 - 04:25 PM
No, I havent read Mankell at all, he is wildly popular here, but somehow I never got around to him. Anyway, BBC is making a series of his books about Inspector Wallander and they are shooting it in the south of Sweden in Wallander territory to get it as authentic as possible. I think Kenneth Branagh will play Wallander so I will most certainly watch it on TV.
Once I conducted an experiment: I had two books side by side, the original and the Swedish translation - it was quite interesting how much was lost in rhytm, atmosphere and subtle details which are untranslateable.
By the way, I just hate translating, I always want to improve things! Besides it is very badly paid.
Posted 17 March 2009 - 11:54 PM
Posted 18 March 2009 - 10:32 AM
I don’t know the situation with Larsson’s book, but “Fiesta” was Hemingway’s original choice for the title of “The Sun Also Rises” and the book was published under the former title in the UK and Europe.
Posted 20 March 2009 - 04:41 PM
Posted 20 March 2009 - 05:04 PM
On an off-topic note, I enjoyed the one Wallender novel I read and look forward to seeing the Branagh films on public television -- possibly on the Masterpiece Theater series ? -- over here:
This thread has gotten me thinking about the Martin Beck series (1960s-70s) by Maj Sjowal and Per Wahloo. I loved all of them when I was young. I confess that they provided me with many of the impressions I still have about daily life in Stockholm.
Posted 21 March 2009 - 03:46 PM
As I have the proper keyboard, here is the correct spelling of the Beck authors: Sjöwall and Wahlöö. FYI, we also have ÅÄÖ in our alphabet.
Posted 22 March 2009 - 04:45 AM
Stieg Larsson is now on my (endless) 'must read' list. Thanks for the recommendation.
Posted 22 March 2009 - 05:08 AM
You should have come to the US. I recall Swedish movies in Boton and Manhattan in thsoe days as being shown at quite respectable, intellectually committed settings. There were uniersity film series and a variety of small theaters maintained by quasi-religious acolytes of the art of "FILM."
Posted 04 August 2010 - 07:39 AM
Having read Jessica Stern's "Denial: A Memoir of Terror", I was struck by how both Stern and the fictional Lisbeth Salander so adamantly refused to consider themselves victims.
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