Compartment no 6 reviewed in The New York Times

We’re thrilled to see the film “Compartment No.6” appearing as “Critic’s Pick” in The New York Times. The film, based on Rosa Liksom’s novel and directed by Juho Kuosmanen, is set on a Russian train where Laura and Ljoha, strangers to each other, have to share the same compartment. The review, written by Manolha Dargis, refers to it as a “smart, emotionally nuanced film that rarely goes where you except” and highlights the rich sense of people and places and the buildup of an “threatening intimacy” created by a defensive tension and at the same time gradual approach of Laura and Ljoha. The film premiered at The Cannes Film Festival in July 2021 and will premiere in Sweden at the Gothenburg Film Festival February 11th this year, in Denmark February 27th, Netherlands in February, Germany in April and in Switzerland at the Zurich Film Festival March 11th.    

Read full review here.

Millennium gets a new sequel

Sweden’s biggest literary success ever, Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, 2005; The Girl Who Played with Fire, 2006; and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, 2007), is getting a new sequel. 

Bokförlaget Polaris has acquired the Swedish rights for three additional books in the Millennium series, Millennium 7-9, by Moggliden, which manages Stieg Larsson’s estate and which is represented by Hedlund Literary Agency.

Three previous sequels, written by David Lagercrantz, were published between 2015-2019 (The Girl in the Spider’s WebThe Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye, and The Girl Who Lived Twice). Books 1-6 in the Millennium series were published by Norstedts in Sweden.

The Millennium series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and has been published in more than 50 countries.

“We are pleased to have agreed with Polaris on the next step for the Millennium series. During the process, they impressed us by combining enthusiasm and a wealth of ideas with a keen understanding of the Millennium world,” says the Larsson family’s representative, Magdalena Hedlund.

“The series about Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist is an incomparable epic and David Lagercrantz did a fantastic job when he took the helm. As a new original publisher, to take this deeply loved story further is not only exhilarating and honoring, but also demanding. We are grateful for the trust from the Larsson estate and will do our utmost, together with the right author and with respect for the origin, to manage the brilliance of Millennium. We look forward with confidence to continuing the creative process we have already begun and hope to be able to present further news soon,” says Jonas Axelsson, publishing director at Bokförlaget Polaris.

Contacts:

Jonas Axelsson, jonas.axelsson@jppol.se, +46 70 397 39 38

Magdalena Hedlund, magdalena@hedlundagency.se, +46 70 669 05 68

Mikael Niemi receives the 2021 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel for his TO COOK A BEAR!

TO COOK A BEAR – beautifully translated by Deborah Bragan-Turner and published by MacLehose Press in the UK –  is the first historical crime novel to win the Petrona Award.


The judges’ statement:

The judges adored TO COOK A BEAR, a historical crime novel set in northernmost Sweden in 1852, and were unanimous in our decision to select it as the Petrona Award winner for 2021. We were particularly impressed with the novel’s use of historical detail, its fascinating reimagining of a figure from history, the sense of location and atmosphere, the rumination on religion versus the natural world, and the depiction of early forensics. TO COOK A BEAR’s superb characterisation of the main protagonists Læstadius and Jussi, which is tinged with sadness yet hope, also allows the author to explore the issues of literacy and class with sensitivity and compassion. The beautiful translation by Deborah Bragan-Turner lets the novel shine for English-language readers around the world.

Rosa Liksom’s The River shortlisted for the Finlandia-award!

Rosa Liksom’s The River is shortlisted for the prestigious Finlandia prize, for her novel The River, published by Like in September. Says the jury: “The story of the girl grows into a universal tale of the refugee and the connection between us humans and the rest of the creation.

The prize is awarded annually to the author of the best Finnish novel of the year and Rosa won in 2011, for Compartment no 6. The movie based on the book premiered in Cannes this summer and was awarded Grand Prix.

The River has received an excellent reception: rave revies and amazing sales. In September it was the most sold novel in Finland. 

Rosa, we are in awe!

Alexandra Urisman Otto receives The Climate Award

Alexandra Urisman Otto, author of Greta’s Journey, wins The Climate Journalist prize founded by Swedish Aftonbladet. She receives the Prize for her article series in Dagens Nyheter covering Sweden’s insufficient climate goals.
“We have neglected our democratic assignment. We have to admit that quickly and work hard to try to catch up”, Alexandra Urisman Otto says. 

The sensational art-thriller sold in German auction

The wondrous thriller-debut by author Lou Berg has been sold to German publisher DuMont after auction! At least two books in the series will be published with Antonia Marker as the editor. She says:

We’re so looking forward to publishing Lou Berg’s DAWN. FALSE! It’s a fast-paced intelligent thriller with two great female characters at its center that gets you from the very first page. Nea and Nadezhda are both strong women that chose to take their fate into their own hands – no matter what it costs. Reading about them breaking bad is just gripping, especially because you fall for them so much. They are authentic, complex and in all their brokenness absolutely moving and relatable. The world DAWN. FALSE is set in is attractive as well: Art forgery is definitely a very aesthetic crime.

The Beauty and the Sorrow by Peter Englund – one of the best narrative non-fiction books of the 21st Century!

Peter Englund’s The Beauty and the Sorrow is among the five best narrative non-fiction titles published in the 21 st Century thus far, according to prestigious daily Svenska Dagbladet! The other four are Thomas Piketty, Joan Didion, Maggie Nelson and Svetlana Alexievitch.

And more good news! Peter Englund has just delivered the manuscript to what can be seen as a companion piece of The Beauty and the Sorrow, titled November (working title)! An unforgettable read about the crucial month of November 1942. To be published in Sweden by Natur & Kultur in the autumn of 2022 and simultaneously in several additional languages.

“Stridsberg sees through everyone – but judges no one”

Sara Stridsberg’s first short story collection is rich in literary magic. But she is at her best in the straightforward stories – and when she depicts the crisis in the Swedish Academy as a fairy tale reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland.

Some universes bend in on themselves, and one such is Sara Stridsberg’s authorship. Her texts are celestial bodies that illuminate and pass by only to reappear later – in a different form, with slight, fluid variations but with the same strange luminosity, and with an infinite number of winks at one another.

“Reading Sara Stridsberg evokes the feeling of visiting a place where you spent time as a child but have forgot what it looked like, and yet to recognize every single stone.”  Svenska Dagbladet

The River is “A masterpiece”

Rosa Liksom’s new novel The River, published by Like in Finland in the beginning of this month, is receiving rave reviews. 

“Liksom has written a captivating novel about people caught in the grip of war” – Keskisuomalainen

”A northern masterpiece” – Karjalainen

“A chef-d’oeuvre” – Karelsk

“Rosa Liksom has written one of her best novels to date. – Lapin Kansa

A number of foreign deals have been closed in a short period of time and so far rights are sold to Penguin Verlag (Germany), Koolibri (Estonia), Wahlström & Widstrand (Sweden) and Iperborea (Italy). 

A Nordic deal for Simon Häggström

After over 60 000 copies sold in Sweden, HarperCollins has acquired the Nordic rights to Simon Häggström’s series about The Human Trafficking Unit. The first installment in the series will be published in Denmark, Finland and Norway in 2022. 

“We are looking forward to publishing Simon Häggström in Denmark. He writes thrilling stories with a strong realistic tone that always is relevant.” Alice Krogh Scott, Country manager HarperCollins Denmark

“Simon Häggström’s books are incredibly important, and at HarperCollins Norway we are proud to publish thrilling crime stories that are so realistic.” Nina Schiotz Solseth, editor HarperCollins Norway

“I am very proud that we will publish Simon Häggström’s novels in Finland next year. His style is versatile, strong and provides an unusual depth in the genre.”  Sari Toumaala, PR Manager HarperCollins Finland.