Mika Waltari

Spanish Crime Series : GP Policíaca


The popular  “The Owl” Series (Colección El buho), by the Barcelona publisher Planeta, published household names of international Crime Fiction in Spain in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Such as, for example Dashiell Hammett’s Ciudad de pesadilla (translated by César de Montserrat) in  1958 or  Erle Stanley Gardner’s  El caso de la lata vacía, in 1953 and El caso de la lámpara humeante, in 1957. Another famous Series dedicated to Crime Fiction in Spain at the time of the fascist dictatorship, and one  of the most popular was GP Policíaca .  Published by editorial Plaza & Janés,  in Barcelona, it comprised some 200 novels, from 1957 to 1966. Continue reading

A comprehensive bibliography of Scandinavian Noir

Excellently documented as always,  Marginalia devotes this month a special issue to  Scandinavian Noir. For all readers of Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum,  Jo Nesbø or Arnaldur Indridason looking for more on the context of Nordic noir and eager to discover  Scandinavian crime authors old and new, this is a must.  Especially as it contains, too, a selected bibliography on works of criticism, such as the recently published book by  our friend Kerstin Bergman,  Swedish Crime Fiction: The Making of Nordic  Noir (Mimesis International, 2014). Readers curious about Swedish Crime Fiction from  the 1940’s, such as  Sture, Erik Yngve Högberg, Gertrud  Stendal, or Stieg Trenter,  or about Finnish Authors  Mika Waltari (1908-1979) and Mauri Sariola, or about the collaboration  of Maj Sjöwahl with Ross Thomas will want to read more…