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Scandinavian noir for #crimeread

April 26, 2013

Scandinavian crime fiction or Scandinavian noir is written in a realistic language and environment often in series with the same hero / anti-hero that solves the mystery and the setting is often Nordic winters or rainy summers with connection to old world culture. The genre is known worldwide for it’s special tone. In recent years the genre has benefited from award wining TV series like The Killing and The Bridge.

This video is made to set spotlight on a reading list about crime fiction.

It captures the special dark tone with drowning crime reads – The video is made by Peter Martin Jørgensen from Hjørring Bibliotekerne in Denmark.

If you want to know more about Scandinavian noir – this introduction from NYPL  is a good place to start (It even has a link to a guide to help you pronounce the special Nordic names – How cool is that?)

I wish you lots of good dark reads.Let me know what you think and feel free to ask for recommendations for further reads @janholmquist.

Experience the Nordic crime writers on the web:
Jan Holmquist is head of library development at Guldborgsund-Libraries – a public library in the sourth eastern part of Denmark, Europe. Guldborgsund-Libraries are a proud partner of Read Watch Play.

Jan is currently working on 23mobilethings.net – an international self paced learning project about mobile apps for librarians. He is part of the German library development network – Zukunftentwicklers and is also a Dad, Crowd funder, Music listener and drinker of good coffee. Jan is a member of the international library crowdfunding teams Buy India a Library and Help This Week in Libraries.

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