How do you say congratulations in Swedish?

By now everyone who cares is undoubtedly well aware that while I was sleeping on Friday night Johan Theorin’s The Darkest Room was awarded the 2010 UK Crime Writer’s Association’s International Dagger Award for crime fiction translated into English. My heartfelt congratulations and thanks go to Theorin and his translator Marlaine Delargy for what is a wonderful book and a terrific win. Although it wasn’t my personal pick of the bunch I will repeat what I said when I finished all six of the shortlisted books: there wasn’t a dud in the bunch and any winner is deserving. I congratulate the five nominees (indicated by ** in the list below) and their translators too because they were in excellent company.

To look at the bigger picture for a minute I’m also grateful that there is an award for translated crime fiction at all, and also for the great websites that bring these works to my attention, in particular the excellent Euro Crime which is a brilliant source of reviews and information about what I should spend my pay cheque on each fortnight 🙂

I am reading my 17th translated book of the year at present. Before the past couple of years I simply did not read translated fiction. I barely even knew it existed really but so far this year I’ve read (in reading order):

Before you think I’m being all lefty intellectual in rating ‘foreign’ stuff above English works I should point out that the above list contains my equally highest rated books of the year as well as by far the worst book I have read this century and everything in between. But being able to read from a much wider range of settings and voices than just the English-writing ones has enriched my reading life, even including the odd dud (it’s The Last Pope in case you’re wondering).

I have another couple of dozen translated titles teetering on mount TBR and that’s without starting to think about the books eligible for next year’s International Dagger award. I wonder what treats I have ahead of me.

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6 Responses to How do you say congratulations in Swedish?

  1. Kerrie says:

    That’s a formidable list Bernadette. I’ve read of those.


  2. Jose Ignacio says:

    A very nice post Bernadette.


  3. kathy durkin says:

    Very good post. I have not yet read “The Darkest Room,” and look forward to it. I had only read Larsson’s and Indridason’s books and would have been fine with either winning, but I know that Theorin’s book was well-liked in the blogosphere.
    Now, Bernadette, you’ve given me a pleasant chore–to read all of the reviews linked to the list of translated fiction here.


  4. Bernadette – An excellent post and congratulations on such an impressive list! I agree with you 100% that if this win gets some attention for translated fiction, that’s a good thing. Whether it turns out that a translated novel is as good as, much better than, or much worse than one that’s not, it does broaden one’s reading horizons. Well done : )


  5. Kinna says:

    I’m really impressed with your translated fiction reading. No need to apologise at all. I also read lots of translated stuff. I don’t read crime fiction. Might come back for some recommendations. Keep up the good reading 🙂


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