Birth of the Noir

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On November 17, 2020 Anne-Marie Duma presented the two Norwegian authors who are credited with creating the popular Nordic Noir (Scandinavian Noir) genre. Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo created the 10 book “Story of Crime” series in the 1960’s and ’70’s – police procedurals that cast light into the dark side of Norwegian society.

The authors use plain language, a dark landscape, and slow multilayered plots to highlight the poverty, criminality and brutality underneath the welfare state. Anne-Marie read several passages that emphasized the bureaucratic failures, social ills and endemic petty corruption that contribute to crime and hamper police work.

These books are for the reader who likes to solve a puzzle.

Shawna M.

Learn more in Anne-Marie’s summary: https://calgarywomensliteraryclub.com/maj-sjowall-per-wahloo/

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