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About my libraryI have listed my favorite books, ones that I think are interesting and or important, or set me off in a new direction. Dalkey Press is my favorite publisher.

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Favorite authorsSamuel Beckett, Italo Calvino, Torgny Lindgren, Flann O'Brien, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Dubravka Ugrešić (Shared favorites)


Real nameTom K Richards


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I suppose it partly depends on the quality of the translations, of which I know nothing, and my favourite (Bröllopsbesvär) doesn't even seem to be translated. I'd say any one of them. Why not _The Games of Night_?
Butting in here I simply *have* to add marvellous Stig Dagerman to GBM's list below. Perhaps the greatest talent during the 20th Century, tragically killed himself at the age of 31.
Hello again Tom,

sorry for this very late reply. It's the summer holiday season here in Sweden, and I tend to spend more time in various cottages in the country side than home in front of a computer...

As for Scandinavian writers there's always the problem that a lot doesn't get translated into english. I'm not sure who of these authors you might find in english, but I think they should all be worth checking out at least. I've tried to stay a little bit in the same landscape as Lindgren:

Kerstin Ekman is translated into english, that much I know. "Blackwater" is a good place to start.
Sara Lidman is moving very much in the same landscape as T. Lindgren, but I think she's better. Don't know if she's available in english.
Per Olov Enquist might be available in english. Check out "Captain Nemo's library" especially.
John Ajvide Lindqvist is making a name for himself internationally with "Let the right one in" a vampire novel set in a drab swedish suburb. It's got a lot of that swedish flavour but is also a grt horror book.
Jerker Virdborg might not be translated into english, but I hope he is. All of his books are amazing.

Best of luck!

Hello thetom, thank you for tipping me off about Pölsan/The hash! It's one of the many "owned but not read"-books sitting on my shelves, and I'm sure I'll read it in a not too far future. My wife read and liked a few years back. My favourite Lindgren book remians Hummelhonung/Sweetness.

I'm a lover of O'Brian aswell as it happens - just haven't got abround to him in my listings yet (I go shelf by shelf...)

Best, GingerbreadMan
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