In Reader’s corner I offer some extra reading material for everyone following this homepage, such as short stories, articles, background material or questions to have in mind when discussing my books. I hope it will inspire and be enjoyable. When it comes to short stories I might not always be able to present it in English but will be happy to offer any language available.
The Soundtrack of The Scarred Pianist
As the title suggests, there is a piano player in my new book. And there is music. Classical pieces, pop, old and new, Andrew Sisters, Jacques Brel, Chopin and Bowie.
Everything that the people in the book listen to, play themselves, are moved by.
There is something special about the grand old ladies of the movies. Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Mae West, Greta Garbo to mention a few. And, of course, Lauren Bacall. Elegant, mysterious, bewildering, at the same time with minds of their own, a strong will and well formulated. I could not resist borrowing some of that star dust when writing this year’s summer crime story for Swedish magazine Hemmets veckotidning. For anyone speaking Swedish, “Just like Lauren Bacall”, is now available both as a podcast and to read here in Reader’s corner. See it as an inspiration to buy a new rain coat, preferably in red. Or not …
Sometimes a reader grows so fond of a book that he or she gets in touch and wants to translate an extract to make it available to a larger public. This was the case with Gunilla Nilsson, who read Caipirinha with Death (Caipirinha med Döden) and thought it would be excellent for a world wide Spanish community. Now, her Spanish translation of a part of the book is available here in Reader’s corner.
When the Royal Swedish Opera asked me to write a text on Macbeth in the program being distributed when Giuseppe Verdis’ opera Macbeth was played in Stockholm, I did not hesitate to accept. My text was later published in a book called “The author at the opera”. For anyone reading Swedish – “When shall we three meet again …”
A Summer swim
A short story in Swedish, earlier published in Swedish Magazine Hemmets Veckotidning. For those of you who can read Swedish and are ready for a Summer swim – take a deep breath!