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The Redbreast (original 2000; edition 2007)

by Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (Translator)

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Title:The Redbreast
Authors:Jo Nesbo
Other authors:Don Bartlett (Translator)
Info:Harper (2007), Hardcover, 528 pages
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Tags:Oslo, Norway, neo-Nazis, Nazi occupation, World War II, assassination, crime fiction

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The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø (2000)

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Brilliant book! And to think I thought I wouldn't like it lol.

Total page-turner and had me gripped from the start :) ( )
  GwenMcGinty | May 13, 2016 |
בתחילה חשבתי שהספר טרחני, כתוב רע וגדוש פרטים. אבל​ לאט לאט הוא צמח עלי וסחף אותי לתוכו. את העמודים ה​אחרונים קראתי בנשימה אחת ובמתח עצור. ספר מתח מורכב​ ( )
  amoskovacs | May 5, 2016 |
So far my favorite in the Harry Hole series. ( )
  PaulRx04 | Apr 15, 2016 |
This book is one of the weaker offerings in the series. On the plus side, there are no completely implausible action sequences and less gore than usual. On the negative side, the women characters--especially Rakel, who seems like a puppet--are weak and/or killed off quickly. And the mention of a "Banana Split a la Szechuan" makes me despair for Norwegian cuisine. ( )
  librarianarpita | Jan 24, 2016 |
It has been pointed out that, though everyone was shocked and horrified by the tragedy that happened in Oslo, people who read Scandinavian mysteries were possibly less surprised than others. This is one of the books that deals with the anti-immigrant, neo-Nazi trends in Northern Europe. Nesbo's a good writer; the plot is creatively intricate; and there are worthy asides such as: "No actions are in themselves symptoms of sickness. You have to look at the context within which these actions are performed." Find out where that musing leads... ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
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An elegant and complex thriller by the Norwegian musician, economist and crime writer Jo Nesbo...The engineering of the interlocking plot pieces is intricate because it has to support Nesbo’s complicated ideas — and dire thoughts — about Norwegian nationalism, past and present. While giving his ambitious book the form of a police procedural, featuring Harry Hole, an attractive if familiarly flawed loose cannon of a cop, the author expands his street-level subplots into a narrative that reaches all the way back to World War II, when Norway was under German occupation.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Nesbø, Joprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andersen, Allan HiltonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bartlett, DonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bartulović, MislavTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caspi, DanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Čuden, DarkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
노진선Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Font i Mateu, LaiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fouillet, AlexTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frauenlob, GüntherTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Horáková, ŠtěpánkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Inōe, EtsukoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menna, OutiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mihăeș, LorenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Montes Cano, CarmenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Olaisen, PerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paunovska, AnetaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Puleo. GiorgioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saʻd al-Dīn, MarwānTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shtrykova, A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taş, RabiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vroom, Annelies deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zimnicka, IwonaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
林立仁Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Maar stilaan vatte hij moed, vloog dichterbij
en trok met zijn snavel een doorn, die in het hoofd
van de gekruisigde was gedrongen, uit.

Maar terwijl hij dit deed, viel er een druppel bloed van de
gekruisigde op de keel van de vogel. Die verspreidde zich snel
en kleurde al zijn zachte borstveertjes.

Maar de gekruisigde deed zijn lippen van elkaar en fluisterde tegen
de vogel: "Door jouw barmhartigheid heb je nu verworven wat je voorgeslacht
al sinds de schepping van de aarde begeerd heeft.

- Selma Lagerlöf - Christuslegende

But little by little he gained courage, flew close to him, and drew with his little bill a thorn that had becomw embedded in the brow of the Crucified One.  And as he did this there fell on his breast a drop of blood from the face of the Crucified One - it spread quickly and floated out and colored all the little fine breast feathers.Then the Crucified One opened his lips and whispered to the bird:'Because of thy compassion, thou hast won all that thy kind have been striving after, ever since the world was created.'

Selma Lagerlöf, Robin Redbreast, Christ Legends
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A grey bird glided in and out of Harry's field of vision
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Maar stilaan vatte hij moed, vloog dichterbij
en trok met zijn snavel een doorn, die in het hoofd
van de gekruisigde was gedrongen, uit.

Maar terwijl hij dit deed, viel er een druppel bloed van de
gekruisigde op de keel van de vogel. Die verspreidde zich snel
en kleurde al zijn zachte borstveertjes.

Maar de gekruisigde deed zijn lippen van elkaar en fluisterde tegen
de vogel: "Door jouw barmhartigheid heb je nu verworven wat je voorgeslacht
al sinds de schepping van de aarde begeerd heeft.

- Selma Lagerlöf - Christuslegende

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It is 1944: Daniel, a soldier, legendary among the Norwegians fighting the advance of Bolshevism on the Russian front, is killed. Two years later, a wounded soldier wakes up in a Vienna hospital. He becomes involved with a young nurse, the consequences of which will ripple forward to the turn of the next century.

In 1999, Harry Hole, alone again after having caused an embarrassment in the line of duty, has been promoted to inspector and is lumbered with surveillance duties. He is assigned the task of monitoring neo-Nazi activities; fairly mundane until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest. Ellen Gjelten, his partner, makes a startling discovery. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. In a quest that takes him to South Africa and Vienna, Harry finds himself perpetually one step behind the killer. He will be both winner and loser by the novel’s nail-biting conclusion.

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Detective Harry Hole embarrassed the force, and for his sins he’s been reassigned to mundane surveillance tasks. But while monitoring neo-Nazi activities in Oslo, Hole is inadvertently drawn into a mystery with deep roots in Norway’s dark past—when members of the nation’s government willingly collaborated with Nazi Germany. More than sixty years later, this black mark won’t wash away, and disgraced old soldiers who once survived a brutal Russian winter are being murdered, one by one. Now, with only a stained and guilty conscience to guide him, an angry, alcoholic, error-prone policeman must make his way safely past the traps and mirrors of a twisted criminal mind. For a hideous conspiracy is rapidly taking shape around Hole—and Norway’s darkest hour may still be to come.

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"Detective Harry Hole embarrassed the force, and for his sins he's been reassigned to mundane surveillance tasks. But while monitoring neo-Nazi activities in Oslo, Hole is inadvertently drawn into a mystery with deep roots in Norway's dark past, when members of the government willingly collaborated with Nazi Germany. More than sixty years later, this black mark won't wash away--and disgraced old soldiers who once survived a brutal Russian winter are being murdered, one by one"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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