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1793. El llop i el vigilant (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2017; vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Niklas Natt och Dag (Tekijä)

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"The Alienist set in eighteenth-century Stockholm: Brawny, bloody, intricate, enthralling—and the best historical thriller I've read in twenty years." —A.J. Finn, #1 bestselling author of The Woman in the Window "Thrilling, unnerving, clever, and beautiful." —Fredrik Backman, #1 bestselling author of A Man Called Ove "Chilling and thought-provoking. Relentless, well-written, and nearly impossible to put down." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Named Best Debut Novel of 2017 by the Swedish Academy of Crime WritersOne morning in the autumn of 1793, watchman Mikel Cardell is awakened from his drunken slumber with reports of a body seen floating in the Larder, once a pristine lake on Stockholm's Southern Isle, now a rancid bog. Efforts to identify the bizarrely mutilated corpse are entrusted to incorruptible lawyer Cecil Winge, who enlists Cardell's help to solve the case. But time is short: Winge's health is failing, the monarchy is in shambles, and whispered conspiracies and paranoia abound. Winge and Cardell become immersed in a brutal world of guttersnipes and thieves, mercenaries and madams. From a farmer's son who is lead down a treacherous path when he seeks his fortune in the capital to an orphan girl consigned to the workhouse by a pitiless parish priest, their gruesome investigation peels back layer upon layer of the city's labyrinthine society. The rich and the poor, the pious and the fallen, the living and the dead—all collide and interconnect with the body pulled from the lake. Breathtakingly bold and intricately constructed, The Wolf and the Watchman brings to life the crowded streets, gilded palaces, and dark corners of late-eighteenth-century Stockholm, offering a startling vision of the crimes we commit in the name of justice, and the sacrifices we make in order to survive.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:1793. El llop i el vigilant
Kirjailijat:Niklas Natt och Dag (Tekijä)
Info:Proa (2020), 424 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 47) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Engrossing and more than a little uncomfortable at times, this novel may best be described as historical Nordic Noir. I found the characters memorable, if not always likeable, and the moral questions are haunting rather than slammed home. I suspect I will think about this one for days. ( )
  KarenBayly | Apr 10, 2021 |
Originally published in Swedish as “1793”, Niklas Natt och Dag’s debut novel will soon be available in English in an idiomatic translation by Ebba Segerberg. And it has all the makings of a literary bestseller. The story is set in Stockholm in the late 18th Century. Europe is still in awe of the revolutionary goings-on in France and, following the assassination of Gustav III, revolutionary fervour in the Swedish city is tempered by a sense of fear and dread as to what might happen if matters get out of hand. In this incendiary environment, Mickell Cardell, a one-armed ex-soldier and night watchman, makes a grisly find. Somebody has disposed of a body in the city’s lake – and it is a body with excised limbs and gouged eyes, testifying to a slow and painful death. This is the type of crime whose investigation the Head of the Stockholm Police can only assign to a trusted person – and that’s Cecil Winge, a lawyer with progressive ideals who is battling the last stages of consumption. Winge teams up with Cardell and together they attempt to crack the case. Their fraught journey will take them through all layers of Stockholm society, from the lowest classes to the supposed elite of the city, who also have their dark and base secrets.

In a virtuoso feat of storytelling, Niklas Natt och Dag introduces two further strands in his tale, which are presented to the reader in reverse chronological order. First there is the epistolary account of Kristofer Blix, a handsome young man who moves to Stockholm with the dream of becoming a doctor. Then there is the story of Anna-Stina, sent to a dreary workhouse after being wrongly accused of working as a prostitute. In the final chapters, these three threads combine to create a satisfying finale. Some plot twists are rather too convenient, but the momentum is such that one gladly suspends disbelief.

So why is The Wolf and the Watchman good “historical fiction”? First of all, the setting is no mere “appendage” to the story – the beliefs, ideals and way of life of the period fuel both the plot and the characters’ motivations and thought processes. Secondly, the historical context is authentic, not simply in the sense of being well-researched (though it seems to be that as well), but more importantly in that the novel places us soundly in the period it is describing. Indeed, the descriptions do not shy away from the revolting – whether stench, disease or bodily fluids. In this respect, a warning to the fainthearted is in order – the novel can be very graphic and I must admit to skipping a couple of paragraphs and reading some others whilst peeping between my fingers. It can be dark, it can be bleak, but it certainly cannot be accused of presenting the past with nostalgic, rose-tinted hues.

At the same time, I liked the fact that the author plays around with the genre. The Wolf and the Watchman presents elements of the “police procedural” and, in its use of an investigating duo combining brain and brawn, it pays tribute to classic detective fiction. There is also a strong noir element – the customers of smokey nightclubs and striptease joints replaced by the tobacco-chewing patrons of Stockholm pubs and coffee-houses. And, to the great pleasure of yours truly, there is more than a whiff of Gothic in some of the darker pages of the text.

1793 was voted best debut novel of 2017 by the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers. It’s a deserved win and, hopefully, its English translation will bring it to the attention of a wider audience.

A longer version of this review, with tips for accompanying music, can be found at Ends of the Word.

https://endsoftheword.blogspot.com/2019/01/stockholm-1793.html

4.5* ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Mar 5, 2021 |
I RECEIVED A DRC FROM THE PUBLISHER VIA NETGALLEY.

Don't so much as twitch toward this book if you're not able to breeze through Henning Mankell's more violent books about Wallander. In every line and on every page you're going to be challenged, and hard; rape, torture, murder, and a twisted vision of the upper-class privilege corrupting Sweden in its early Enlightenment days. As brutal as any Scandinoir, as evocatively written as Mantel's Sir Thomas More novels, and worth every flinch, gasp, and slamming shut in horror. ( )
  richardderus | Dec 29, 2020 |
1793. Stockholm. Crippled, former soldier, Mikel Cardell, discovers a mutilated corpse floating in a filth-filled lake. The body's arms, legs, eyes, and tongue have been removed. Cardell teams up with a dying lawyer to identify the body and find a killer. Turns out the pretty, painted elite class in the city aren't quite as beautiful as they seem....and the city has a very dirty, disturbing underbelly.

This book.....wow.....I had to let my thoughts percolate for a few days before I could write a review on this one. This one was a rough read. Not because it wasn't good....but because it was extremely and masterfully dark! The story is disturbing and even grotesque in places....but utterly mesmerizing. I couldn't stop reading....but there were a few scenes I found hard to read. Definitely not a book to read over dinner. I'm not going to comment on the plot at all beyond the basic blurb above...as spoilers would ruin parts of the story for others. All I will say is it's disturbing and masterfully suspenseful.

The characters are gritty and realistic. It paints a bleak picture of class separation, hidden secrets and just the filth and brutal nature of life in the 18th century.

Great book! But be prepared for some gruesome violence, cruel characters and a disturbing look at poverty, death and deception in the 1790s.

I'm definitely going to be reading more by this author. He is one hell of a storyteller!

**I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Atria Books via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
Originally published in Swedish as “1793”, Niklas Natt och Dag’s debut novel will soon be available in English in an idiomatic translation by Ebba Segerberg. And it has all the makings of a literary bestseller. The story is set in Stockholm in the late 18th Century. Europe is still in awe of the revolutionary goings-on in France and, following the assassination of Gustav III, revolutionary fervour in the Swedish city is tempered by a sense of fear and dread as to what might happen if matters get out of hand. In this incendiary environment, Mickell Cardell, a one-armed ex-soldier and night watchman, makes a grisly find. Somebody has disposed of a body in the city’s lake – and it is a body with excised limbs and gouged eyes, testifying to a slow and painful death. This is the type of crime whose investigation the Head of the Stockholm Police can only assign to a trusted person – and that’s Cecil Winge, a lawyer with progressive ideals who is battling the last stages of consumption. Winge teams up with Cardell and together they attempt to crack the case. Their fraught journey will take them through all layers of Stockholm society, from the lowest classes to the supposed elite of the city, who also have their dark and base secrets.

In a virtuoso feat of storytelling, Niklas Natt och Dag introduces two further strands in his tale, which are presented to the reader in reverse chronological order. First there is the epistolary account of Kristofer Blix, a handsome young man who moves to Stockholm with the dream of becoming a doctor. Then there is the story of Anna-Stina, sent to a dreary workhouse after being wrongly accused of working as a prostitute. In the final chapters, these three threads combine to create a satisfying finale. Some plot twists are rather too convenient, but the momentum is such that one gladly suspends disbelief.

So why is The Wolf and the Watchman good “historical fiction”? First of all, the setting is no mere “appendage” to the story – the beliefs, ideals and way of life of the period fuel both the plot and the characters’ motivations and thought processes. Secondly, the historical context is authentic, not simply in the sense of being well-researched (though it seems to be that as well), but more importantly in that the novel places us soundly in the period it is describing. Indeed, the descriptions do not shy away from the revolting – whether stench, disease or bodily fluids. In this respect, a warning to the fainthearted is in order – the novel can be very graphic and I must admit to skipping a couple of paragraphs and reading some others whilst peeping between my fingers. It can be dark, it can be bleak, but it certainly cannot be accused of presenting the past with nostalgic, rose-tinted hues.

At the same time, I liked the fact that the author plays around with the genre. The Wolf and the Watchman presents elements of the “police procedural” and, in its use of an investigating duo combining brain and brawn, it pays tribute to classic detective fiction. There is also a strong noir element – the customers of smokey nightclubs and striptease joints replaced by the tobacco-chewing patrons of Stockholm pubs and coffee-houses. And, to the great pleasure of yours truly, there is more than a whiff of Gothic in some of the darker pages of the text.

1793 was voted best debut novel of 2017 by the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers. It’s a deserved win and, hopefully, its English translation will bring it to the attention of a wider audience.

A longer version of this review, with tips for accompanying music, can be found at Ends of the Word.

https://endsoftheword.blogspot.com/2019/01/stockholm-1793.html

4.5* ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Sep 12, 2020 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 47) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Vold, fyll, nød og urenslighet slår mot deg fra første til siste side i denne tidvis groteske krimfortellingen fra et Sverige preget av nedgangstider og maktkamp
lisäsi annek49 | muokkaaVG, Sindre Hovdenakk (Sep 1, 2018)
 
Niklas Natt och Dag (han heter faktisk det!) med storartet «Stockholm noir»
ANMELDELSE. En fulltreffer av en historisk roman som avdekker røttene til det moderne og motsetningsfylte Sverige.
 

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"The Alienist set in eighteenth-century Stockholm: Brawny, bloody, intricate, enthralling—and the best historical thriller I've read in twenty years." —A.J. Finn, #1 bestselling author of The Woman in the Window "Thrilling, unnerving, clever, and beautiful." —Fredrik Backman, #1 bestselling author of A Man Called Ove "Chilling and thought-provoking. Relentless, well-written, and nearly impossible to put down." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Named Best Debut Novel of 2017 by the Swedish Academy of Crime WritersOne morning in the autumn of 1793, watchman Mikel Cardell is awakened from his drunken slumber with reports of a body seen floating in the Larder, once a pristine lake on Stockholm's Southern Isle, now a rancid bog. Efforts to identify the bizarrely mutilated corpse are entrusted to incorruptible lawyer Cecil Winge, who enlists Cardell's help to solve the case. But time is short: Winge's health is failing, the monarchy is in shambles, and whispered conspiracies and paranoia abound. Winge and Cardell become immersed in a brutal world of guttersnipes and thieves, mercenaries and madams. From a farmer's son who is lead down a treacherous path when he seeks his fortune in the capital to an orphan girl consigned to the workhouse by a pitiless parish priest, their gruesome investigation peels back layer upon layer of the city's labyrinthine society. The rich and the poor, the pious and the fallen, the living and the dead—all collide and interconnect with the body pulled from the lake. Breathtakingly bold and intricately constructed, The Wolf and the Watchman brings to life the crowded streets, gilded palaces, and dark corners of late-eighteenth-century Stockholm, offering a startling vision of the crimes we commit in the name of justice, and the sacrifices we make in order to survive.

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