Saturday, August 09, 2008

A cool, clean, well-organized Scandinavian-crime Web site

Barbara Fister, creator of the Carnival of the Criminal Minds, is also a librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota. Both the name and the place are clues: They take their Swedish heritage seriously there.

That's why Barbara has created a page devoted to Scandinavian crime fiction on the college library's Web site. "Since I work at a Swedish heritage college in Minnesota with a Scandinavian Studies program," she writes, "I thought we had an obligation to host a site for Scandinavian crime fiction." A touchingly simple recognition of a sizable Scandinavian contribution to current culture, I'd say.

The site is clean and well-organized, as one would respect from a librarian, and broken down by authors and countries. This ought to help readers keep track of the tremendous roster of Nordic crime writers, particularly new authors or those whose work is being translated into English for the first time.

Barbara has also started a companion blog, where you are hereby ordered to post comments frequently.

© Peter Rozovsky 2008

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4 Comments:

Blogger Barbara said...

Many thanks for the mention - and yes, comments are always valkommen.

August 09, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

As are language lessons in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic or Sami/Lappish.

August 09, 2008  
Blogger Barbara said...

Unfortunately, I could use those myself. :o)

August 10, 2008  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Well, valkommen sounds like a member of the North Germanic language family, which puts you one word up on me as far the Germanic languages spoken in that part of the world.

When it comes to Finno-Ugric or Uralic languages such as Finnish or Sami, my mind is a blank slate.

August 10, 2008  

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