RARA-AVIS: Swedes (was Semyonov)

From: Jeremy Duns ( jeremyduns@yahoo.com)
Date: 15 May 2002

--- JIM DOHERTY < jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Jeremy,
> Re your question below:
> > What did you make of the
> > book [PETROVKA 38]?
> > I have it in hardback on the shelf, but haven't
> got
> > to
> > it yet.
> I liked it. It kind of reminded me of the
> Sjowall/Wahloo books.

Really? Now that's interesting. I have quite a few of these at home to be read, in English and Swedish (my girlfriend's a fan), and have nodded along to a few of the Beck TV films, both old and new. I hardly speak a word of Swedish, but I managed to pick up quite a bit nevertheless.

I also recently bought a copy of Jan Guillou's Enemy's Enemy, the only one of his Coq Rouge series to be translated. This was after I saw a film starring Stellan Skarsgard, a lot of which was in English, called Den Demokraten Terroristen. Carl Hamilton, aka Coq Rouge, is "the Nordic James Bond", but this seemed much more like Matt Helm. In the film, Hamilton infiltrates a German terrorist cell. While travelling with two of them in Syria I think, they are captured by a Palestinian cell. All three are about to be shot,when Hamilton admits thaf he is a Swedish agent. The Palestinian gives him the chance to prove it: kill the other two or be killed himself. There aren't many films that would show such a dilemma. He grits his teeth and shoots them. This is, I realise, a little similar to the Semyonov scene I recently described. I'm not obsessed with cold-blooded murder or anything
- it just seems that this is rather hardboiled - and quite taboo in most modern fiction. James Bond is often described as a ruthless, cold-blooded killer - but he rarely is, even in the books. Jeremy

__________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? LAUNCH - Your Yahoo! Music Experience http://launch.yahoo.com

# To unsubscribe from the regular list, say "unsubscribe rara-avis" to
# majordomo@icomm.ca.  This will not work for the digest version.
# The web pages for the list are at http://www.miskatonic.org/rara-avis/ .

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : 15 May 2002 EDT