Sweden beyond the Millennium and Stieg Larsson

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Swedish Noir and Prime Crime
Intro: Joakim Lind
Presentation of the media report Sweden beyond Millennium and Stieg Larsson. Part about of the programme in government.se/storytellers about Swedish Noir and Prime Crime, 12:15-13:15. November 22, 2012.
The report you'll find here. http://www.si.se/upload/Sweden_beyond_the_Millennium.pdf
Full report (in Swedish) on si.se's web and here www.bit.ly/sverigebilden_millennium

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Sweden beyond the Millennium and Stieg Larsson

  1. 1. Swedish Noir and Prime CrimeCamilla LäckbergCilla and Rolf BörjlindHans Rosenfeldt and Michael HjorthIntro: Joakim Lind12:15-13:15November 22, 2012government.se/storytellers#storytellers 1
  2. 2. The media image of Swedenafter Stieg Larsson and the MillenniumA media report by Joakim Lind ofCloudberry Communications AB on behalf ofSwedish Institute.November 22, 2012 2
  3. 3. “We have a very, very dark side, and I thinkyou‟re only just finding out about it now.”Magnus Betnér in The Telegraph, March 2, 2010, The darkside of Swedish society 3
  4. 4. “In Larssons Sweden, the police are uselesswhere they are not corrupt; the countryside isfull of violent drug dealers; the rich are utterlyunprincipled. It sounds like Mexico in the snow.This is no longer a clean, well-lighted place forVolvo owners. What went wrong?”Foreign Policy, May 26, 2010, Were All Swedes Now 4
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  6. 6. “Most important is the setting. The countriesthat the Nordic writers call home areprosperous and organised, a „soft society‟according to Mr Nesbo. But the protectionoffered by a cradle-to-grave welfare systemhides a dark underside.”“Larsson is a master at depicting therelationship between business, socialhypocrisy and criminal behaviour, and hisheroes do not want to be rescued through anyform of conventional state intervention.”The Economist, March 3, 2010, Inspector Norse - Why areNordic detective novels so successful?, link 6
  7. 7. ”We live in a world that has capsized, wherelaw and order reigns on the surface, but inreality it is the well-organized crime pullingthe strings.””Millenium has exposed the anxiety every manfeels in a world where old benchmarks havefailed.”Le Monde, Jean-Jacques Larochelle, May 10, 2009 7
  8. 8. “Tattoo artists are cashing in. “What Salanderhas done is inspire women to go under theneedle with their own message in mind,” said Mr.Rakovic of Inked.”“She‟s taking names and delivering payback.And, Ms. Leach said, „she‟s not about to do thatin a pair of Miu Miu shoes.‟”NY Times, February 1, 2012, Lisbeth Salander bringingback leather and spikes - link 8
  9. 9. “What makes the books so interesting forvisitors to Stockholm is that the characters arevery clearly identified with the Södermalm areaof the city. On a Millenium Tour you can seewhere these characters live, the restaurants theyvisit, the cafés they hang out at, even theirfavourite 7-Eleven store where they buy frozenpizza.”The Mail on Sunday, July 19, 2009, Stieg Larssons Millenniumand the city at the centre of a literary phenomenon 9
  10. 10. ”You can summarise by saying that in principlethere do not appear to be any normal people inSweden. The introduction to [one of the booksabout] Karlsson-on-the-Roof, which I loved somuch as a child: ‟In a completely normalSwedish family…‟ now just fills me withhorror.”CityCelebrity.ru, October 7, 2010, Matari Anna ochDmitri Tikhonov , Шведская модель для тщательнойсборки, link 10
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  12. 12. "this story is not primarily about spies andsecret government agencies; its about violenceagainst women, and the men who enable it.”The Independent, October 2, 2009, Bad men and the goodsociety, What was the secret of Stieg Larssons extraordinarysuccess?, link 12
  13. 13. ”In the novels of writers such as Mankell andLarsson, as well as the films of LukasMoodysson, corruption, vice and despair runrampant.””Its also notable that all three employ thearchetype of the abused prostitute as the primesymbol of capitalist exploitation.”The Guardian, August 8, 2010, Göran Lindberg andSweden’s Dark Side - link 13
  14. 14. ”Sweden may have attained heights ofgender equality only dreamed of in other partsof the world but, if we‟re to believe Larsson,that apparent moral superiority is merelycosmetic, concealing pervasive misogyny atevery level of society.”n+1 magazine, February 27, 2010, Ian MacDougall,The man who blew up the welfare state 14
  15. 15. ”The Swedes themselves no longer believe in aSwedish model, or, when they do, its verydifferent from the heavily regulated ‟peopleshome‟ of myth.”Foreign Policy, May 26, 2010, Were All Swedes Now 15
  16. 16. “Relationship between the five internationalpapers and WikiLeaks had moments of difficultyand tension‟, at times threatening to collapseinto farce, ‟as if a Stieg Larsson script had beenpassed to the writer of Downton Abbey, JulianFellowes”The Guardian, January 30, 2011, Julian Assange feared he wasbeing followed by US spies, new book reveals, link 16
  17. 17. "This makes one wonder: does Indonesia needits own Lisbeth Salander?”Karim Raslan, The Jakarta Globe, March 29, 2012 17
  18. 18. ”Everyone should read Stieg for the quality ofdecency that he evokes on every page, asOrwell once did. Maybe popular fiction canindeed change the world.”The Independent, October 10, 2009, UnderstandSwedish society through Stieg Larsson’s popular fiction,link 18
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  20. 20. ”SWEDEN BEYOND THE MILLENNIUM ANDSTIEG LARSSON” (Summary) LINK:www.si.se/upload/Sweden_beyond_the_Millennium.pdf 21
  21. 21. “IT IS Sunday afternoon, preferably before thewar. The wife is already asleep in the armchair,and the children have been sent out for a nicelong walk. You put your feet up on the sofa,settle your spectacles on your nose, and openthe News of the World. Roast beef and Yorkshire,or roast pork and apple sauce, followed up bysuet pudding and driven home, as it were, by acup of mahogany-brown tea, have put you in justthe right mood. Your pipe is drawing sweetly, thesofa cushions are soft underneath you, the fire iswell alight, the air is warm and stagnant. In theseblissful circumstances, what is it that you wantto read about?Naturally, about a murder…”George Orwell, Decline of the English Murder 22
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