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summer books

Do you need some new books to add to your reading list? The international interest in Norwegian literature has increased the last years, and Norway is the guest of honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse in October this year! Frankfurter Buchmesse is the most important marketplace worldwide for printed and digital content and a great social and cultural event. There is also a big interest in Norwegian literature in Greece. Here are our suggestions of Norwegian books in different genres that have been published in Greek recently:

Knife – By Jo Nesbø

‘Knife’ is the brand new Harry Hole thriller from number one bestseller Jo Nesbø. This book picks up where The Thirst left off, and Harry Hole wakes up covered in blood, with a bad hangover. Someone’s out for him, and soon it appears that they have crossed paths with the Oslo detective somewhere before. According to the author, he has never been this brutal to Harry before, so we can expect desperate measures from a cop who has pushed it to the limit many times in the past. Published by Metaixmio Publications in Greece and translated by Krystalli Glyniadaki.


When it Grows Dark – By Jørn Lier Horst


Stavern 1983: Christmas is approaching, snow is falling heavily, and a young ambitious police officer named William Wisting has just become the father of twins. After a brutal robbery he is edged off the investigation by more experienced officers, but soon he is on another case that is not only unsolved but has not even been recognized as murder. Published by Dioptra Publications in Greece and translated by Despoina Papagrigoraki.


Story of a Marriage – By Geir Gulliksen


The Norwegian author brings true-life experience to this compelling novel about a man who is complicit in his wife’s infidelity. In his struggle to understand what has happened to his family, how his wife could fall in love with another man after twenty happy years, Jon attempts to tell the story of the painful collapse of his marriage, but from her point of view. Published by Potamos Publications in Greece and translated by Sotirios Souliotis.


Silence – By Erling Kagge


This breathtaking, inspiring little book teaches us how to find precious moments of silence - whether we are crossing the Antarctic, climbing Everest, or on the train at rush hour. Published by Pataki Publications in Greece and translated by Krystalli Glyniadaki.


Martin Luther – By Maria Tryti Vennerød


The poetic drama ‘Martin Luther’ by the contemporary Norwegian dramatist Maria Tryti Vennerød is published as a book for the first time, and in Greek. Could the religious and spiritual questions that are so strong in our time create a revolution as Martin Luther created 500 years ago? The book deepens itself in thoughts about the relationship between man, society, grace, sin and God. The book is published by Theodosis Papadimitropoulos Publications in Greece. Translation by Theodosis Papadimitropoulos



The Unseen – By Roy Jacobsen



The novel is set in the first half of the 20th Century on an island on the North-Western coast of Norway (more precisely Helgelandskysten). The island is small, there is only space for the Barrøy family. Life on the island is difficult, but a life somewhere else is unthinkable to them. This is their paradise on Earth. The book is published by Estia Publications in Greece. Translation by Krystalli Glyniadaki.


The History of Bees - by Maja Lunde


The book was released in Greece on the 15th May by Klidarithmos Publications ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΚΛΕΙΔΑΡΙΘΜΟΣ. The book is inspired by the life and importance of bees. It has been a global success and is already being released in 35 languages. The three stories in the book highlight the invisible thread linking people's world to the bee world. Klidarithmos publications, in collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy and the The Norwegian Institute At Athens, will have the pleasure of hosting the writer Maja Lunde in Athens in November.
Translated by
Sotiris Souliotis.


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