Last week I saw a copy of the latest issue of Lire, featuring special content on Nordic authors (because Nordic literature was the theme of the Salon du Livre de Paris — the Paris Book fair, which was held this weekend). Needless to say, I let myself be tempted (with the excuse of my recent poor experience with Nordic literature) and bought the magazine.
What happens when you buy a literary magazine? Do you really have to ask? Plenty of books to add to your wishlist, of course!
Trying to restrain myself, I have drawn two lists: books to be immediately added to my wishlist, and books that sound interesting and that I may want to read, if they so happen to cross my road again…
Real book coveting – Books I crave to read
- Google Démocratie, by Laurent Alexandre and David Angevin
We are talking a dystopian crime novel, here.
- La vierge froide et autres racontars, by Jorn Riel
Short stories (!) that weave in Nordic legends
- Psalm at Journey’s End, by Erik Fosnes Hansen
About the musicians playing aboard the Titanic while it was sinking (Personal note: to read together with Novecento, by Alessandro Baricco)
- Long John Silver: the True and Eventful History of My Life of Liberty and Adventure As a Gentleman of Fortune and Enemy to Mankind, by Bjorn Larsson
It’s been in my wishlist, like, forever — and I had forgotten about it!
And the rest… – Interesting titles
- Tainted Blood, by Arnaldur Indridason
Icelandic crime fiction. Got to get this for my reading project if we are ever to go to Iceland.
- Rosa candida, by Audur Ava Ólafsdóttir
A life travel looking for a mother. Again, interesting as an Icelandic read (but set in France, I gather).
- Zona frigida, by Anne B. Ragde
Sounds like Miss Smilla — which I kind of liked (ages ago)
- Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson
I heard so much about this one, but never really cared. May give it a try.
- Captain Nemo’s Library, by Per Olov Enquist
This rings a bell, but I am not sure whether I read it or not…
- Kalevala, compiled by Elias Lonnrot
Finland’s national epic