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The Foreigner Publishers disagree over Nordic crime fiction popularity decline. The success of writers like Jo Nesbø and Stieg Larsson in the international market has made the genre of Scandinavian crime immensely popular in literary fiction. Larsson was the first author whose books sold over one million books via E-kindle as of 2010 and at that time had sold more than 27 million copies of the Millennium trilogy, physically and digitally. His book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (published posthumously in 2005, translated into English three years later) was second best-selling author in the world in 2008, just behind Afghanistan-born Khaled Hosseini.           

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Publishers disagree over Nordic crime fiction popularity decline

Published on Saturday, 8th March, 2014 at 09:41 under the news category, by Manisha Choudhari.

The success of writers like Jo Nesbø and Stieg Larsson in the international market has made the genre of Scandinavian crime immensely popular in literary fiction.



Larsson was the first author whose books sold over one million books via E-kindle as of 2010 and at that time had sold more than 27 million copies of the Millennium trilogy, physically and digitally.

His book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (published posthumously in 2005, translated into English three years later) was second best-selling author in the world in 2008, just behind Afghanistan-born Khaled Hosseini.           

British publisher Christopher MacLehose, who bought the global English-language rights for Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy in 2008, believes that this trend is in for a decline, though.

The genre has become very popular in the span of the last decade, it might not continue to enjoy the status it does now, according to him.

MacLehose mentions that some of the books published are not as interesting as those written by the likes of Swedish Stieg Larsson, Norway’s Karin Fossum, or Iceland’s Arnaldur Indriðason.

He also suspects that too many releases in the same genre could possibly contribute to this decline.

“Maybe some of the books are also translated and edited too quickly,” MacLehose commented to NRK.

He thinks that crime fiction from France and Italy will be the next big thing in translated in this genre, as it is not as violent and shocking as Scandinavian crime fiction can be “what with [its] abuse of women and children”.

Krimfestivalen, a crime festival in Oslo, gives readers a chance to meet authors from the crime fiction genre. One of the authors at the festival this year is Norway’s Hans Olav Lahlum. Three of his books will be published in the United Kingdom this summer.

Anne Fløtaker, manager of Cappelen Damm, which publishes Lahlum’s books, thinks that readers still want Norwegian crime and that quality is not destroyed by quantity.

The Center for Norwegian Literature Abroad (NORLA) has also supported nearly seventy publishers abroad to help translate Norwegian novels into English. 

Director Margit Walsø argues Norwegian literature is very good, with all books receiving financial help from NORLA undergoing quality control.

Moreover, hugely successful author Jo Nesbø’s ‘Cockroaches’ recently topped the New York Times’ bestseller list.

“Our funding allocation is based on the demand from abroad […] There’s a major demand for crime,” said NORLA’s Ms. Walsø.



Published on Saturday, 8th March, 2014 at 09:41 under the news category, by Manisha Choudhari.

This post has the following tags: norwaybooks, norwegianauthors, literature.





  
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