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To start with, allow us to make it clear to everybody who has learn our books that Stockholm is a really protected metropolis, normally fully with out serial killers. However our capital is just not innocent — a minimum of not in literature.
Authors have written in regards to the mild of snow and the winter darkness within the alleys, the melancholy of the quick summer time and the disappointment of the autumn. Because of crime writers from Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö and past, there may be most likely not a road or park within the metropolis the place a fictitious homicide has not been dedicated (and we acknowledge our in depth contribution).
Stockholm is located within the passage between one in all Sweden’s largest lakes and the Baltic Sea and has been settled because the Ice Age. The Riddarholmen Church, from the thirteenth century, is the oldest fully preserved constructing right here. It’s surrounded by medieval buildings, which in flip are surrounded by stunning homes and theaters from the nineteenth century.
Though Stockholm is likely one of the most fashionable cities on this planet (for instance, we don’t use money), the previous is all the time current. We reside on Oden Avenue. Close to us, within the sq. subsequent to the Royal Palace, the Stockholm Massacre occurred in 1520, when about 100 aristocrats have been executed. The wonderful warship Vasa, which sank after touring simply 1,400 yards on her maiden voyage in 1628, might be seen intact on the Royal Nationwide Metropolis Park. The well-preserved metropolis of Birka, a Viking-age buying and selling middle, could be very shut by, and lots of gods from Outdated Norse mythology, similar to Thor, are buried — in response to custom — within the close by metropolis of Uppsala.
Authors have all the time been drawn to this metropolis, which is the house of Sweden’s main publishers, the Nobel Prize and the Royal Dramatic Theater. That is the place artists collect; the place music is created; the place movie productions with Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman and Ingmar Bergman took off as soon as upon a time; and the place David Fincher shot the American model of “The Woman With the Dragon Tattoo.”
What ought to I learn earlier than I pack my luggage?
If you may get your fingers on “Fredman’s Epistles and Songs” you’re going to get a glance straight into the Swedish soul, if there may be such a factor. The writer, Carl Michael Bellman, is our personal burlesque, tragic, poetic model of Shakespeare.
One other warm-up studying tip is a novel by Selma Lagerlöf, the primary lady to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1909: “Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness,” a ghost story a few very dangerous man who dies on New Yr’s Eve. He’s the final individual to die that 12 months, and is doomed to hold the souls of the useless in his cart till he finds forgiveness and tries to fix what he has damaged.
What books or authors ought to I convey together with me?
“Physician Glas,” by Hjalmar Söderberg, is an iconic learn — a traditional e-book that’s related for brand spanking new generations of readers repeatedly, with its cocktail of perversions, oppression of sexuality, homicide and melancholy within the metropolis of Stockholm. You possibly can even take an “audio stroll” of “Physician Glas ” while you arrive, the place you take heed to the e-book on the precise locations which are described in it.
If I’ve no time for day journeys, what books can take me there as an alternative?
The wonderful archipelago of Stockholm, with all its islands, seashores, cliffs, eating places and sailboats, is de facto value a minimum of a day. In Sweden we now have what we name the everyman’ s proper, which is most people’s entry to wilderness, whether or not it’s public or privately owned land, granted by our structure. You could camp and fish nearly anyplace you need.
However in the event you don’t have the time, learn “Harbor” by John Ajvide Lindqvist, the writer of “Let the Proper One In” and our personal Swedish Stephen King. “Harbor” is ready within the archipelago and has all the good substances you want for a horror story.
What audiobook would make for good firm whereas I stroll round?
Why not a e-book by the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer? He received the Nobel Prize in 2011 and is taken into account a contemporary icon. His poetry appears easy, however it opens doorways to the enigma that life is.
Who’re the literary icons I would see named on road indicators, statues or public monuments?
August Strindberg’s ghost walks the streets of Stockholm. There’s a large statue of the misogynistic, hateful, legendary however sensible writer, who wrote the novel “The Crimson Room” and the naturalistic play “Miss Julie,” within the Tegnérlunden park, and his phrases are quoted on the asphalt of Drottninggatan, the road the place he lived over the last years of his life in a constructing often called the Blue Tower. When you can, you need to go to: Standing there Strindberg’s desk, along with his pens, papers and books, offers writers a sure acquainted feeling of self-discipline, desires and isolation.
What literary pilgrimage vacation spot — an writer’s residence or favored ingesting gap, an unbelievable bookstore, an actual web site of fictional inspiration — would you advocate?
The Nobel Prize banquet is held yearly at Stockholm Metropolis Corridor, a lovely constructing by the water in the course of town. Within the cellar of the restaurant Stadshuskällaren you’ll be able to attempt any of the dinners that have been served at previous banquets since 1901. Perhaps you’d wish to attempt the dinner served when Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954: smoked trout with cream-stewed spinach; beef tenderloin with artichokes, truffles and mushrooms; and pear with pistachio ice cream and chocolate sauce. Simply keep in mind to e-book your go to upfront.
On Dalagatan, a road in our a part of the city, you’ll be able to go to the standard condominium of Astrid Lindgren, who wrote “Pippi Longstocking” and lots of different legendary kids’s books.
The Nationwide Library has constructed an area deep under the bottom that’s a precise copy of the house of the poet Nelly Sachs, who received the Nobel Prize in 1966. Visiting her “cabin” — an completely small place the place she sat and wrote within the darkness, attempting to not disturb her ailing mom — could be very transferring and unusually chilling.
What’s an excellent place to curve up with a e-book?
The Home of Tradition is a modernist assembly place in the course of town with artwork exhibitions, cafes and eating places, theater, music and a global writers’ scene that has drawn authors similar to Jonathan Franzen, Richard Ford, Margaret Atwood, Susan Faludi, Emma Cline, Philip Pullman, Hilary Mantel, Paul Auster, John Irving, Joyce Carol Oates and Dennis Lehane. It’s, in a approach, a socialistic imaginative and prescient of how tradition doesn’t want grand salons or bourgeois interiors, and is the results of a need to convey tradition to the place staff and households move by on daily basis. Anybody can stroll in, curl up with a e-book, have a espresso, play some chess or go to an exhibition.