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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)

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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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stig_Dagerman
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!

GingerbreadMan
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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