RARA-AVIS: Iceland and Finland

From: Juri Nummelin ( juri.nummelin@pp.inet.fi)
Date: 24 Apr 2007


"Smila's (sp?) Sense of Snow is in Finland or somewhere like that."

Iceland, actually (and "Smilla"). Is the book noir? I haven't read it, but it was promoted in Europe as high literature.

Finland has Tapani Bagge and Antti Tuomainen. Tapani (a fellow Rara-Avian) is a veteran, and Tuomainen has one book and one coming. Quite Ken Bruen -influenced stuff. There's also a guy called Sakari Vainikka who's had two or three books coming out from a vanity press - I don't know why that is, but in the crime fiction circles his clearly original novels have been hailed pretty much and labelled "noir". There are some jokey private eye writers working in Finland and some police procedural writers, but I wouldn't call them noir.


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