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Archive for December 2009

Arnaldur Indriðason: Jar City

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New Edition:

Jar City*
Arnaldur Indriðason
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-09-954183-7
31 August 2009
$21.95 in Canada

* Previously published in English as Tainted Blood.

En français : La cité des Jarres

A man is found murdered in his Reykjavík flat, and the police have no obvious leads. The man lived alone and had no family, and of his only two friends, one is serving time for an array of petty crimes and psychotic violence, and the other hasn’t been heard of for twenty-five years.

Erlendur and his colleague Sigurdur Óli head the investigation team. They find a computer filled with downloaded pornography, and in a desk, the photograph of a young girl’s grave and the cryptic note left behind by the killer. Delving into the dead man’s past, they discover that forty years ago he was accused, though not convicted, of rape. Now Erlendur has to follow his instincts when his colleagues are losing faith in the investigation. Foraging into the past, Erlendur discovers that the city of Reykjavík has one or two secrets of its own, secrets it would rather keep.

Jar City is the first in a new and exciting series of crime novels from the land of the saga, and was a runaway success in Iceland.

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Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 00:35

Arnaldur Indriðason: Voices

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New Edition:

Voices
Arnaldur Indriðason
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-09-954662-7
26 January 2010
$19.95 in Canada

En français: La voix

The third novel in the award-winning Reykjavik Murder Mysteries.

The Christmas rush is under way in a big Reykjavik hotel when the police are called to the scene of a murder. The hotel doorman (and long-time resident of its basement) has been stabbed to death. With the hotel fully booked, the manager is desperate to keep the murder under wraps and his reputation intact.

Detectives Erlendur and Sigurdur Oli discover that the dead man had had a childhood brush with fame and that two old 45s on which he had sung have become prized collectors’ items. Estranged from his family for decades, why had the man continued to pay secret visits to his boyhood home?

As Detective Elinborg investigates a separate case of child abuse, and Erlendur continues to struggle both with his troubled family relationships and the ghosts of his own youth, their parallel stories probe deeper into the riddle of this latest Reykjavik Murder Mystery.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 00:26

Kjell Eriksson: The Demon of Dakar (paperback)

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Now in paperback:

The Demon of Dakar
Kjell Eriksson
Minotaur Books
ISBN 978-0-312-36670-4
23 June 2009
$17.95 in Canada

See also: hardback edition

Winner of the Swedish Crime Academy Award for Best Crime Novel, international sensation Kjell Eriksson has quickly built a name for himself in the United States. In this highly acclaimed follow-up to The Cruel Stars of the Night, Manuel Alavez’s life is in ruins. One of his brothers is dead, the other is in jail, and the man who double-crossed both men is running a high-class successful restaurant. A series of dramatic events inevitably leads to murder, and Inspector Ann Lindell is forced to sample many fine meals at the restaurant as she attempts to thwart a cunning killer.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 00:12

Cora Sandel: Alberta Alone

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New Edition:

Alberta Alone
Cora Sandel
Peter Owen
ISBN 978-0-7206-1314-8
June 2009
£9.99 RRP*

* Canadian retail price via Scholarly Book Services unavailable at this time.

The work of one of Norway’s most distinguished twentieth-century novelists, Alberta Alone forms the last part of the Alberta trilogy, which traces the emotional development of a lethargic and unhappy girl into a self-sufficient woman. The previous volumes of this trilogy have been widely acclaimed as being among the masterpieces of contemporary literature.

In this third part, which stands as a novel on its own, Alberta, now mistress to Sivert, a Norwegian artist, is living in Paris with their small son. While Sivert is involved in a liaison with a Swedish painter, Alberta falls in love with Pierre, a writer who has just returned from the First World War. After a period of conflict Sivert and Alberta return to Norway, and there Alberta’s self-realisation becomes complete. With subtlety and insight, Cora Sandel depicts the gradual corrosion of a relationship, against the background of the aftermath of the Great War.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-18 at 00:02

Henrik Ibsen: Peer Gynt

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Peer Gynt
Henrik Ibsen
Oxford University Press
ISBN 978-0-19-955553-6
June 2009
$11.95 in Canada

Peer Gynt was Ibsen’s last work to use poetry as a medium of dramatic expression, and the poetry is brilliantly appropriate to the imaginative swings between Scandinavian oral folk traditions, the Morrocan coast, the Sahara Desert, and the absurdist images of the Cairo madhouse. This translation is taken from the acclaimed Oxford Ibsen.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-17 at 23:56

Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales (A Selection)

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Reissue:

Fairy Tales
A Selection
Hans Christian Andersen
Oxford University Press
ISBN 978-0-19-955585-7
June 2009
$12.95 in Canada

Introduced by Naomi Lewis, Translated by L. W. Kingsland, Illustrated by Vilhelm Pedersen and Lorenz Frohlich

Includes: The Tinder-Box; The Princess and the Pea; Thumbelina; The Little Mermaid; The Emperor’s New Clothes; The Steadfast Soldier; The Ugly Duckling; The Snow Queen; The Little Match-Girl

See also: Tiina Nunnally’s translation of thirty Andersen fairy tales in a gorgeous Deluxe Classics edition from Penguin USA.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-17 at 23:48

Tarjei Vesaas: The Ice Palace

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New Edition:

The Ice Palace
Tarjei Vesaas
Peter Owen
ISBN 978-0-7206-1329-2
May 2009
£9.99 RRP*

* Canadian retail price via Scholarly Book Services unavailable at this time.

A new edition of what is commonly seen as the legendary Norwegian writer’s masterpiece. Siss and Unn are new friends – so new that they have spent only one whole evening in each other’s company. But so profound is that evening that when Unn inexplicably disappears Siss’s world is shattered. Siss’s struggle with her fidelity to the memory of her friend and Unn’s fatal exploration of the strange, terrifyingly beautiful frozen waterfall that is the Ice Palace are described in prose of a lyrical economy that ranks among the most memorable achievements of modern literature.

Tarjei Vesaas is regarded as one of the finest writers ever to have come out of Scandinavia – he is notable for having been nominated for the Nobel Prize three times and has been considered one of the greatest prose stylists never to have won. Nevertheless, his reputation is secure and growing all the time. Peter Owen has long considered The Ice Palace to be the greatest work ever to have come from his publishing house, which boasts seven Nobel Prize winners on its list.

Written by Thomas

2009-12-17 at 23:36