Scandinavian Noir by Wendy Lesser audiobook

Scandinavian Noir: In Pursuit of a Mystery

By Wendy Lesser
Read by Kirsten Potter

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200206926

  • ISBN: 9798200206919

  • ISBN: 9798200206933

Runtime: 8.14 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

An in-depth and personal exploration of Scandinavian crime fiction as a way into Scandinavian culture at large

For nearly four decades, Wendy Lesser's primary source of information about three Scandinavian countries—Sweden, Norway, and Denmark—was mystery and crime novels, and the murders committed and solved in their pages. Having never visited the region, Lesser constructed a fictional Scandinavia of her own making, something between a map, a portrait, and a cultural history of a place that both exists and does not exist. Lesser's Scandinavia is disproportionately populated with police officers, but also with the stuff of everyday life, the likes of which are relayed in great detail in the novels she read: a fully realized world complete with its own traditions, customs, and, of course, people.

Over the course of many years, Lesser's fictional Scandinavia grew more and more solidly visible to her, yet she never had a strong desire to visit the real countries that corresponded to the made-up ones. Until, she writes, "between one day and the next, that no longer seemed sufficient." It was time to travel to Scandinavia.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Listeners will be inspired to do more of both through Potter's expert handling of the dense material. Listeners become engaged in the story behind the stories, both the author's and those she dissects. AudioFile
“Lesser is remarkably encyclopedic in her knowledge of Nordic noir and easily conveys her enthusiasm to readers. This fine exploration of fiction.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"[A] lively, perceptive guide to Scandi noir…Lesser is an engaging and amiable guide to a cultural phenomenon that has swept much of the planet.” The Economist (London)
“A beautifully crafted inquiry into fiction, reality, crime and place.” New York Times Book Review

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Author

Author Bio: Wendy Lesser

Author Bio: Wendy Lesser

Wendy Lesser is the founder and editor of The Threepenny Review and the author of a novel and several books of nonfiction, including the acclaimed Music for Silenced Voices and Why I Read. She has written for the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, and other publications. She received one of the first National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar awards to complete You Say to Brick, her award-winning biography of Louis Khan.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Runtime: 8.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English