• Lee Karlis

The Significance of Landscape in Nordic Noir



In addition to reading detective stories, nautical adventures, and cozy mysteries, I am a self-confessed Scandinavian crime fiction addict. In comparing the detectives in Scandinavian crime fiction with British or American sleuths, I have found little difference. The troubled protagonists all appear to sacrifice any facsimile of a normal social or family life, they are alcoholics, nicotine addicts, exceedingly clever, and violent characters. They struggle with bad memories and regret, yet maintain their dogged pursuit of the villain. But what hooks me with Nordic Noir is the way in which the gloomy and introspective landscape often reflects the inner monologue of its major character. Look at Joe Nesbo's Harry Hole series...Harry's character needs the haunting Scandinavian landscape, it's a metaphor for his inner turmoil and brooding self.



Have you read these Nordic Noir authors yet?:

JO NESBØ
STIEG LARSSON
YRSA SIGURÐARDÓTTIR
ANNE HOLT
BO LUNDIN
CAMILLA LÄCKBERG
LIZA MARKLUND
KARIN FOSSUM
GUNNAR STAALESEN
HENNING MANKELL
MAJ SJÖWALL
PER FREDRIK WAHLÖÖ
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