RE: RARA-AVIS: The Laughing Policeman

From: Anders Engwall (
Date: 01 May 2008

Eh, I am from Sweden. I don't think we should turn this forum into a political debate, but one should really take Sjl & Wahl descriptions of the various societal woes with a large pinch of salt. Take it from me.


And regardless if they were right or not, I think those political rants that appeared increasingly often as the series went on, turned the novels into Complaint Literature. Not a good thing.






From: [mailto:] On Behalf Of Patrick King Sent: den 1 maj 2008 22:37 To: Subject: RE: RARA-AVIS: The Laughing Policeman


--- Anders Engwall <
<> > wrote:
> About the overall quality, I'm not so sure. The
> so-called social commentary
> really gets in the way, at least in the later half
> of the series. While
> there might some grain of truth here and there,
> basically all of it is just
> gross exaggerations and pompous demagoguery. And the
> nonsense ratio
> increased as the series went on - I found the last
> entry to be basically
> unreadable. This series was once the subject of some
> very vicious parodies,
> and it deserved it too. And I'm saying that as
> someone who is politically
> (very) left-wing - these books are politically
> counter-productive.
***************************************************** Let me guess, you're from the United States, right? Please consider that you're reading these books in translation. As an "American" you speak only one language. These books were not written for Democrats or Republicans. They are written for Swedish people with the very real political problems regarding the politics of law enforcement in Sweeden in the 60s & 70s. The fact that they were translated into dozens of languages is a testament to how widely those problems were reflected in other cultures at that time. I think your comments about these books miss the big picture. I know you're trying not to be prejudiced against ideas you've been taught from the cradle to despise on general principles without considering their potential. But just consider that these ideas are still viable throughout Europe where the concept of democracy is inclusive as opposed to the US where its exculsive.

Patrick King

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