The fragrance of (not only) Nordic crime literature: Mons Kallentoft and Michal Sýkora

How do you spice up a crime story?

Swedish writer Mons Kallentoft will introduce the tenth volume of the Devils Scent saga that has just been translated into Czech. With Michal Sýkora, the author of the stories of Marie Výrová, they will talk about the struggles their protagonists face – and the struggles they themselves face while writing. Not to forget the specifics Nordic and Czech criminal novels have, and the phenomenon of the Nordic criminal fiction itself.

Moderated by Tomáš Kaplan Fojtík.

In Czech and Swedish, translated into Czech.
Voluntary admission.

Mons Kalentoft (*1968) is one of the most popular author of nowadays Nordic crime fiction. He writes in a rather raw prose, which is often spiced by supernatural phenomena and psychological drama. His most celebrated novels feature the police detective Malin Fors, but he has also gained a lot of praise for the series that takes inspiration from Greek mythology (Zack, Leon, Bambi). The Midwinter Sacrifice was his first book translated to Czech, but more followed soon, the last one being the already mentioned Devils Scent, translated by Marie Nováčková.

Michal Sýkora (*1971) made his debut with The case for an exorcist with Marie Výrová as a protagonist. Three more books followed and were later made into TV series. Apart for crime fiction, Sýkora also publishes works about world’s literary classics, like Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Vladimir Nabokov.

The event takes place in cooperation with The Scandinavian House, the publishing house Host and Liberál Café. The literary project of The Scandinavian House has been supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Municipal House in Prague.

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