European crime updates

Arnaldur Indridason’s excellent crime novel Jar City has been made into a film. In Icelandic. Bibliophile, of the excellent blog Another 52 Books, happens to be Icelandic so she has reviewed the movie here. From the review:

"The story as it is told in the movie is an emotional rollercoaster, often sad, even tragic, but sometimes very funny as well, especially in scenes involving Erlendur’s young colleague, yuppie type Sigurður Óli who fancies himself to be a cop like the ones you see in American crime movies (right down to doughnuts and take-out coffee). It says something about the skill of the filmmakers that you can laugh at a movie that has so much ugliness and tragedy in it as Mýrin does.

Many reviewers have called Mýrin the best movie ever made in Iceland. I can not be a judge of that, as I have not seen all Icelandic movies, but I will venture to say that it is the best and most realistic crime movie ever made in Iceland. See it if you can – while it may lose something in translation the visual aspects are still the same. I also recommend reading the book beforehand as it can only add to the enjoyment of the movie."

And while on the subject of crime, Karen provides her weekly update for the Euro Crime website. There’s a competition to win the latest Martyn Waites book; new reviews posted (including one by yours truly); and updates to authors, new releases and bibliographies. For fans of European crime fiction, you really don’t need to go anywhere else. 

Breaking out of the stereotype

Via Confessions of an Idosyncratic Mind , I have just read an essay by author Scarlett Thomas on becoming a published novelist, the compromises she had to make with the publishing company, and how she escaped.

"At the moment, I am actually being allowed to write the books I want to write, which is something many women never get to do. In an industry that can write off the whole literary output of entire nations in two seconds (Chinese books, for example, are ‘so last year’), this is pretty good going. I am not selling very many books but people do read them. And I have the kinds of fans I always wanted: men as well as women, lots of students, people who like ideas. I try to use the fact that I have ‘escaped’ to talk about what’s wrong with publishing.."

I think the essay is  a very honest and clear account, though not comforting or comfortable. 

Link: Scarlett Thomas, author of PopCo, Going Out and Bright Young Things – women in publishing.