Sjöwall & Wahlöö

We have actually paid for some books! Persuaded the Resident IT Consultant that he could do with the complete Martin Beck series by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, so he sent off for them. We now have a tottering pile of ten books sitting around. They look good, with new and matching covers.

Martin Beck pile

They have been translated by about four different people, so I have no idea how they compare. The books also come with introductions by ‘proper’ people, as Son put it. Proper like Colin Dexter, Val McDermid and Henning Mankell.

It’s funny how this growing wave of interest for Nordic crime works. Never thought these crime novels from my past, read by all my leftist friends, would re-surface. But it’s good.

What we shall do with the two or three old Sjöwall & Wahlöö novels remains to be seen. Keep them because they are the real thing, or get rid of non-matching duplicates?

4 responses to “Sjöwall & Wahlöö

  1. Don’t know about your old copies, but I have this series (bought at greater cost, volume by volume) and I am absolutely loving it. I have two to go. I have not noticed any differences in the quality of the translations, though I had noticed they were by different people and was watching out for undulations in the quality.

  2. Have you come across any Martin Beck films, Maxine? I’m just wondering if any have made it over here, or perhaps none have been subtitled.

  3. I have two to go as well nos 6 and 7. Reading out of order is an occupational hazard with the idiosyncratic way publishers treat Scandinavian crime writing. They still all read as well as they did 30 years ago.

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