Comments and questions about translation of Swedish,German, Danish, and Norwegian crime fictionas well as "real" literature.
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Good seeing this new blogKeep up the great workAli
It takes a lot of time, doesn't it?
Thank you, Mr. Keeland, for the comment on my blog. I got the feeling that much of the story behind the Vanger clan had quite a bit to do with "'Swedish' sexual mores," as you put it - especially with the facts placed at the beginning of each part of the book.I will indeed have to read the next two books in the series, because I am intrigued as to how Ms. Salander will develop. I found myself wishing she played a larger role in the first book. And if the sex (the relationship sex, rather than the criminal) plays an important role in establishing the next books, as you suggest, then I might have to retract some of what I have said after reading them.If you have any further thoughts, and would like to and have the time to share them, I'd love to hear more of your take on the subject. I could continue, but I (also new at blogging) will take a cue from you and try to keep my comment below full-post length.Cheers, from a fellow Albuquerquean (who knew?),Z.N. Hively
Hi ZN,Who knew indeed? If you're ever in town I'll have to invite you for a cup of coffee -- in true Swedish tradition. Des isch a gute Idee, gel?Here's a link to those posts about the sex in TGWTDT. http://znhively.blogspot.com/2009/02/girl-with-dragon-tattoo-by-stieg.htmlLet's get some real discussion going here!
Ja, das wäre eine super Idee! (Can't answer in Swedish, but I do what I can.) I will likely be back this summer, and it would be great to talk with you, especially if I can continue reading before then.And, yes, let's get some discussion going! I'd love to see what other people are thinking.
Actually, the sex didn't strike me as being anything much out of the ordinary, though I'm admittedly basing this more on late night conversations I've had (over booze or not) than personal experience. To make a rather odd comparison, if Italian novels can establish a sense of place with copious mentions of good food, I don't see any particular reason copious amounts of consensual sex can't also evoke a setting. I know the latter's rather more taboo in some circles than the former, but surely that's part of the interest in reading about different cultures.