Nordic noir dominance is over: Larsson publisher

The publisher who made Stieg Larsson an international success reckons Scandinavia's crime fiction wave has passed its peak, saying too much been published over the last five years, and it is no longer as "original and interesting".

Nordic noir dominance is over: Larsson publisher
Christopher MacLehose. Photo: London Book Fair
Christopher MacLehose, who MacLehose Press translated and published Larsson's Millennium Trilogy in 2008, made his call in an interview with Norway's NRK television channel at the Oslo Crime Writing Festival.  
"Scandinavian crime is a genre that has taken the world by storm over the past ten years. It will not be as dominant in the future," He said. 
"I have a feeling that a huge amount of Scandinavian crime has been published and translated over  last five years, just because of the status and attention the brand of Scandinavian crime has had," MacLehose argued. 
"Some of the books published are certainly not as original and interesting as books by Arnaldur Indriðason, Karin Fossum, Henning Mankell or Stieg Larsson." 
MacLehose predicts that the next wave of crime fiction in translation will come from France and Italy, where the plots tend to be less bleak and violent. 

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