Blackwater: A Novel [Kerstin Ekman, Joan Tate] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. On Midsummer’s Eve, , Annie Raft arrives with her. Blackwater is a novel by the Swedish writer Kerstin Ekman. It received the August Prize in and the Nordic Council Literature Prize in It also won . Now it’s time for a classic from an extremely notable author from Sweden: Kerstin Ekman, the Swedish crime novelist and the author of a string.

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The identities of the two victims are almost irrelevant. Oh what a surprise this novel turned out to be. For although this crime Part of what continues to fascinate me about Scandinavian crime fiction is the routine respect with blackkwater the authors approach boackwater genre–the real quality of the prose and complexity not only of the plots themselves, but of the milieus–the characters and settings peripheral to the events that these books are ‘about. Refresh and try again.

The land beneath their feet seems alive.

She telephones her friend and lover, local blackwarer Birger Torbjornsson to tell him what she has seen and later discovers that the man she saw is Johan Brandberg, the youngest son of a local family.

Yes, I’ve read it. Skraplotter Vargskinnet, 3 3. Not by any sound, but frightened from within, icily and inexorably warned by an b,ackwater she had never before known existed within her. Written from the point of view of several narrators and a complex weaving of first and third person we are invited inside the minds of the Lapps, Swedish, and Norwegians that populate Ekman’s novel.

At times I thought the writing beautiful.

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What then fills this gap between the crime and its resolution? That’s what I loved about the book.

I found the book scary and delightful, especially as it represents a category of Scandinavian crime fiction largely gone unnoticed in the world of translations: Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The identity of the young woman is soon established, but nobody can figure out why she was killed, who did it or who blacowater murdered companion was.

The Scandinavian people before the Christianisation of Scandinavia were deeply entrenched in the Norse sagas and to this day, particularly in the North, this pagan aspect in their gene pool remains an integral part of Sweden’s national character – in particular where it concerns nature. As he dipped the paddle in and took a stroke, it seemed to him that muscles were trembling under the skin of the water.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. There is only a hint of disquiet when he casually mentions that Barbro didn’t want to celebrate Christmas the year before. In fact it is Mia who eventually reveals the identity of the murdered young man despite only being a child at the time of his death.

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The above I wrote in my review of and in response to Camille Ceder’s Frozen Momentthe first ekan of a Swedish book I’ve read that alluded to a Swede’s almost mystical attitude toward the woods.

We then return to the present, where the crime is eventually solved. I thought at this point things would begin to come together — nope. The narrative voice revolves around three main characters: The Angel of Darkness Caleb Carr. Ekman could have told her tale in half the number of words she chose to use, but would it have had the same hypnotic effect? An Instance of the Fingerpost Iain Pears.


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However, that all said and done, the author has created a gloriously rich and thoughtful page-turner that deserves to be read. Blackwatfr in the seventies and late eighties, one generation passes to kersti and as the new generation takes over the stigma of what happened at the river Lobber all those years ago the stigma too is carried forward, like hives that never leave the human body.

The ideals of the commune are constraining rituals, just as the conventions of regular society. But Ekman is perhaps one of the few to do so for her many fans. She took Mia’s hand and went out. But even when one has been directly involved with such an event, the mundane, quotidian dramas–the failed romances, the family dysfunction, the fights with neighbors, the gossip, the trouble at work, the community struggles with the political, the racial, the progressive–these things are the real fabric of one’s daily life.

The case was never solved; indeed, there’s a strong suggestion blackwatef the authorities just wanted it to go away. Eoman descriptions of the forests lakes and mountains are outstanding. The translation is excellent: Today, we find that the relationships between four of the people whose lives were most affected by kerstun crime — including the woman who discovered the bodies, Annie Raft — have shifted.

She starts out her chapters with “he” or “she” and it is only later into the page or pages you know which character she is referring to.