Podcast: Nordic crime fiction

Listen to an overview of nordic crime fiction in either English or Danish! This podcast is part of a series where existing material on nordics.info is read out in assorted languages by colleagues and friends. Great for learning Danish or English. / Lyt til artiklen om nordisk krimi fiktion på engelsk eller dansk! Denne podcast er del af en serie af podcasts hvor materiale fra nordics.info bliver læst højt på forskellige sprog af venner og kollegaer.

2020.09.28 | Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen

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 Nordic crime fiction

Since 1990s, Nordic crime fiction has been a significant sub-genre within crime fiction. Usually characterised by social realism, gloomy locations and morose detectives, crime novels and TV series from across the Nordic region provide puzzling mysteries and thrilling stories that use the crime plot to investigate the state of justice, equality, vulnerability and current debates specific to the Nordic welfare societies. The genre includes modern TV classics such as the Danish Forbrydelsen (The Killing, 2007-2012), the Danish/Swedish co-production Bron/Broen (The Bridge, 2011-2018) and global bestsellers by the Norwegian Jo Nesbø and the Swede Stieg Larsson, but it also includes dark and critical images of the underbelly of the Nordic states - which extend further back in history, even to literary works from the nineteenth century.

The article is written by Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen and read out by Nicola Witcombe.

Nordisk krimi fiktion

Siden 1990'erne har nordisk krimi været en vigtig undergenre inden for den globale krimigenre. Normalt kendetegnet ved socialrealisme, dystre omgivelser og gnavne efterforskere. Kriminalromaner og tv-serier fra hele Norden omhandler indviklede mysterier og spændende historier, der bruger kriminelle plot til at undersøge retfærdighed, lighed, sårbarhed og andre aktuelle debatter, der er specifikke for det nordiske velfærdssamfund. Klassiske eksempler på den nordiske krimi inkluderer moderne tv-klassikere som den danske Forbrydelsen 2007-2012, den danske/svenske samproduktion Bron/Broen (2011-2018) og globale bestsellere af norske Jo Nesbø og svenske Stieg Larsson. Men genren inkluderer også mørke og kritiske fremstillinger af bagsiden af de nordiske lande, og strækker sig tilbage i tiden, helt til litterære værker fra det nittende århundrede.

Artiklen er skrevet af Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen og oplæst af Karoline Corfitz.

Literary works mentioned in this podcast:

  • Anders Bodelsen, Tænk på et tal (1968) (Think of a Number, 1969)
  • Arne Dahl, Dödsmässa (2004) (Requiem)
  • Gunnar Staalesen, I mørket er alle ulver grå (1983) (At Night All Wolves are Grey, 1986)
  • Henning Mankell, Brandvägg, 1988; Firewall, 2004)
  • Henning Mankell, Den femte kvinnan, 1996; The Fifth Woman, 2001)
  • Henning Mankell, Den orolige mannen (2009) (The Troubled Man, 2011)
  • Henning Mankell, Mannen som log, 1994; The Man Who Smiled, 2005)
  • Henning Mankell, Mördare utan ansikte (1991) (Faceless Killers, 1997)
  • Henning Mankell, Villospår, 1995; Sidetracked, 2000)
  • Håkan Nesser, Kvinna med födelsemärke (1996) (Woman with Birthmark, 2009)
  • Jo Nesbø, Rødstrupe (2000) (The Redbreast, 2006).
  • Jussi Adler-Olsen, Kvinden i buret (2007) (Mercy, 2011)
  • Karin Fossum, Se deg ikke tilbage! (1996) (Se ikke tilbage, 2002)
  • Kerstin Ekman, Händelser vid vatten (1993) (Blackwater, 1996
  • Leif Davidsen, Den russiske sangerinde (1988) (The Russian Singer, 1991)
  • Leif Davidsen, Den serbiske dansker (1996) (The Serbian Dane, 2007)
  • Liza Marklund, Sprängaren (1998, The Bomber, 2000)
  • Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, Roseanna (1965) (Roseanna, 1967)
  • Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, Terroristerna (1975) (The Terrorists, 1976)
  • Maurits Hansens, Mordet på Maskinbygger Roolfsen (1839) (The Murder of Engineer Roolfsen)
  • Peter Høeg, Frøken Smillas fornemmelse for sne (1992) (Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, 1993)
  • Steen Steensen Blicher, Præsten i Vejlbye (1829) (The Pastor of Vejlbye, 1991)
  • Stieg Larsson, Män som hatar kvinnor (2005) (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 2008)
  • Stieg Larsson, Flickan som lekte med elden (2006) (The Girl Who Played with Fire, 2009)
  • Stieg Larsson, Luftslottet som sprängdes (2007) (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, 2009)

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