Re: RARA-AVIS: The Laughing Policeman

From: Jonathan Bravard (
Date: 01 May 2008

So I guess reading them for fun is out of the question?

Does that mean we should stop reading Dibdin's Aurelio Zen series?

I am still trying to figure it all out, and the swipe at Americans is slightly over the top and rude.


On Thu, May 1, 2008 at 4:37 PM, Patrick King <> wrote:

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> 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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