Sunday, 5 December 2010

Nordic Challenge: Resources List

Nordic Challenge 2011Here is the Resource List for the Nordic Challenge 2011. This list is just a start, there are many many other books out there. I will keep adding to the list. Thank you to everyone who has made suggestions so far!

Children’s books

Bergström, Gunilla  (Sweden): Very Tricky, Alfie Atkins; Good Night, Alfie Atkins; Is that a Monster, Alfie Atkins?; Who’s Scaring Alfie Atkins;

Beskow, Elsa  (Sweden): The Land of Long ago; The Sun Egg; The Children of the Forrest; Around the Year: A Picture Book; The Curious Fish; Pelle’s New Suit; Emily and Daisy; Woody, Hazel and Little Pip; Ollie’s Ski Trip; Peter in Blueberry Land; Aunt Green, Aunt Brown and Aunt Lavender; Christopher’s Harvest Time; Petter and Lotta’s Christmas (and many more)

Björk, Christina (Sweden): Linnea in Monet’s Garden; Linnea’s Windowsill Garden; The Other Alice: The Story of Alice Liddell and Alice in Wonderland;

Jansson, Tove  (Finland): Comet in Moominland; Who Will Comfort Toffle?; The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My; Tales from Moominvalley; Moominsummer Madness (and many more)

Lindgren, Astrid  (Sweden): The Children of Noisy Village; Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter; Karlsson on the Roof; Emil and the Great Escape; Pippi Longstocking; Mio My Son; Lotta on Troublemaker Street; The Brothers Lionheart (and many more)

Nordqvist, Sven  (Sweden): The Fox Hunt; The Hat Hunt; When Findus was Little and Disappeared; Pancakes for Findus; Findus Goes Camping; A Rumpus in the Garden

Bauer, John  (Sweden): Swedish Folk Tales (this is an anthology illustrated by John Bauer that I wanted to include)

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H.C. Andersen (Denmark): Fairy Tales

Frans G. Bengtsson (Sweden): The Long Ships

Fredriksson, Marianne (Sweden): Hanna's Daughters; Simon's Family

Ibsen, Henrik (Norway): A Doll’s House; Ghosts; Hedda Gabler; The Master Builder; The Wild Duck

Kivi, Aleksis (Finland): Seven Brothers

Lagerlöf, Selma (Sweden): The Saga of Gosta Berling, The Wonderful Adventure of Nils (Children’s book); The Treasure; Jerusalem

Laxness, Halldor  (Iceland): Independent People

Linna, Väinö (Finland): Under the North Star; The Unknown Soldier

Strindberg, August (Sweden): Miss Julie; The Red Room; The Father; Married

Söderberg, Hjalmar (Sweden): Doctor Glas; Martin Birck’s Youth

Undset, Sigrid (Norway): Kristin Lavransdatter, Jenny

Waltari, Mika (Finland): The Egyptian; The Roman; The Etruscan; The Dark Angel


Sagas of the Icelanders

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Holt, Anne (Norway): Blind Goddess; Blessed Are Those Who Thirst; Death of the Demon; The Lion’s Den; Dead Joker; No Echo; Beyond the Truth; 1222

Indridason, Arnaldur  (Iceland): Silence of the Grave; The Draining Lake; Voices; Tainted Blood; Jar City; Arctic Chill, Hypothermia; Operation Napoleon

Larsson, Stieg (Sweden): The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; The Girl Who Played with Fire; The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Läckberg, Camilla  (Sweden): Ice Princess; The Preacher; The Stone Cutter;

Mankell, Henning (Sweden): The Fifth Woman; Faceless Killers; The Man Who Smiled; The Eye of the Leopard; The Return of the Dancing Master; Chronicler of the Winds; Before the Frost; The White Lioness; Depths; The Pyramid; The Man from Beijing (not crime); Firewall (and many more)

Marklund, Liza  (Sweden): The Postcard Killer (with James Patterson); Red Wolf; The Bomber; Studio Sex; Prime Time; Paradise

Nesbo, Jo  (Norway): The Devil’s Star; The Red Brest; Nemesis; The Redeemer; The Snowman

Nykanen, Harri (Finland): Raid and the Blackest Sheep

Sigurdardóttir, Yrsa (Iceland): Last Rituals

Sipila, Jarkko (Finland): Helsinki Homicide: Vengeance; Helsinki Homicide: Against the Wall

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Fagerholm, Monika (Finland): Wonderful Women by the Water;
The American Girl

FaldBakken, Knut  (Norway): Twilight Country, Sweetwater 

Hamsun, Knut  (Norway): Victoria, Pan, Hunger

Helgason, Hallgrimur  (Iceland): 101 Reykjavik

Hoeg, Peter  (Denmark): Smilla's Sense of Snow/Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow

Jansson, Tove  (Finland): Fair Play (Due out March 22, 2011), The True Deceiver, The Summer Book

Lindgren, Torgny (Sweden): Light

Hirvonen, Elina (Finland): When I Forgot

Holmqvist, Ninni (Sweden): The Unit

Malmsten, Bodil (Sweden): The Price Of Water In Finistère

Niemi, Michael  (Finland): Popular Music/Popular Music from Vittula

Oksanen, Sofi (Finland): Purge

Olafsson, Bragi (Iceland): Pets;  The Ambassador

Paasillina, Arto  (Finland): The Howling Miller

Petterson, Per  (Norway): Out Stealing Horses; In the Wake; To Siberia; I Curse the River of Time

Sinisalo, Johanna (Finland): Troll: A Love Story; Birdbrain

Sjon (Iceland): The Blue Fox

Solstad, Dag (Norway): Novel 11, Book 18; Shyness and Dignity

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Bergman, Ingmar (Sweden): The Magic Lantern: An Autobiography

Himanen, Pekka (Finland): The Hacker Ethic

Nilsson, Lennart (Sweden): Life, A Child is Born

Novels Set in Nordic Countries

Vida, Vendela (set in Lapland): Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name


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Anonymous said...

Great list, this will be very useful.

Can I suggest that you put Laxness under "classics" and Knut Hamsun under "Fiction"? I think they'll feel more at home there. :-)

Eva said...

What a great resource! But where's Sigrid Undset? Did I overlook her? Also, I'm reading Sagas of the Icelanders right now: a medieval classic that I'm quite enjoying. :) I'd also add Purge (by Sofi Oksanen, who's half Finnish/half Estonian) to fiction and Yrsa Sigurdardóttir to crime fiction. Her first, translated into English at least, is Last Rituals.

Done now, I promise! ;)

Zee said...

Thank you both! And Eva I added them. I can't believe I forgot Undset *shameface* And if you have more keep them coming!

Mari said...

I found your challenge through Book Blogger Abroad - My goal is to read around the world as much as I can next year so I will sign up.

Can I ask where you live in Sweden? My family is from Vastervik. I love Sweden - it might explain why cold snowy weather is always calling for me :)

Zee said...

Welcome Mari!

I'm about two hours in land from Stockholm. If you like snowy cold you would love it right now :D We have about 30cm of snow and -25C. It is pretty :)

Tiina said...

Hälsning från Helsingfors!:)

Here's a few more Finnish books, you might want to add to your list:
Johanna Sinisalo: Birdbrain
Elina Hirvonen: When I Forgot
Monika Fagerholm: Wonderful Women by the Water
and also by Fagerholm The American Girl
Väinö Linna: Under the North Star (3. parts, a classic) and The Unknown Soldier (also a classic)
Aleksis Kivi: Seven Brothers (a classic)
And anything by Mika Waltari (The Egyptian, The Roman, The Etruscan, The Dark Angel etc.)(these might also be considered classics, esp. The Egyptian)
Then there is of course our national epos Kalevala that is also translated into English.
There's more about these classics on my blog: and


Zee said...

Hej Tiina!

Thank you so much! I'll add them tomorrow!

Angela said...


Can I also suggest Karin Fossum in your Mystery list? While Jo Nesbo is fantastic, I think Ms. Fossum really deserves some mention. She brings an added dimension to Norwegian crime, I feel.

Also, a couple more I'd like to add to anyone that is interested... Hakan Nesser, Helene Tursten, and one cannot forget the pair that started it all with Scandinavian crime fiction.... Sjöwall and Wahlöö!!

Tusen Takk!

Suzhou said...

Two so far: What is Mine by Anne Holt, and Shadow Woman by Ake Edwardson, but I'm also reading World Light by Halldor Laxness (Will I ever finish it? It is so baggy! ) and bailed on a few others including Nella Larsen's narcissistic Quicksand.