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Nordic Noir in Uncharted Territory

There is no doubt that Nordic Noir has cult followers in places such as the United Kingdom and Australia with BBC Four and Australia’s SBS continuously acquiring the broadcast rights of TV series of this genre such as The Killing and The Bridge. However, in December 2014 during a visit to a bookshop at Indonesia’s Bali airport domestic terminal while waiting for a flight I noticed a Swedish crime novel with an endorsement along the line, “If you like The Killing, you would love this book.” The novel was in English, without a copy translated . . .

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Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.