I know every language has its authors, but for the most part we are limited to English language authors. We might get a translation of an international best seller from French or Spanish or German etc. But what’s with the Swedes lately.
First we had Steig Larsson with his Millennium triology.
And since Christmas, I have read two books translated from Swedish that were big sellers worldwide.
The first I will recommend highly. The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson is about - well - a 100 year old man who climbs out the window of his nursing home to avoid his birthday party and ends up being chased by not only the police, but an incompetent gang of drug dealers after he takes possession of their suitcase filled with money. That’s one part of the plot. In alternating chapters we learn about the old man’s history which, in Forrest Gump, fashion includes his close involvement in most of the major events of the 20th century and his contact with many of its leaders. Certainly absurd, but kind of believable and very funny and entertaining.
The second is a thriller along the lines of Steig Larsson called The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler who is actually a the pen name for a husband and wife writing team. It isn’t bad if you enjoy thrillers but there are lots of other thrillers out there so if you don’t read it, no great loss.
My only reason for posting is to note that there are three Swedes who have become famous in the English speaking world of literature.
Anybody want to recommend some books that have been translated into English from other languages. Current books, not those considered classics.