Wanderlust: A Nordic Noir – Thomas Rydahl’s THE HERMIT

Thomas Rydahl’s extraordinary debut crime novel The Hermit was an instant bestseller in Denmark and stayed in the top ten for 30 weeks. It was the winner of the Harald Mogensen Prize for Best Danish crime novel and the Glass Key Award for best Nordic crime novel, and has been translated into 30 languages.
Thomas discusses the themes of the book with Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen, senior Lecturer in Scandinavian Literature at UCL. K. E. Semmel, translator of the English edition, will contribute on video describing the particular challenges of Danish-English translation and how the story was adapted from one cultural context into another.The Hermit is set in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, where its unlikely hero, a 67 year old ex-pat Danish taxi driver, is caught up in a dangerous web of corruption and murder.

Remarkable… a flawless, immaculate piece of work. – Kristian Ditlev Jensen

One of the most intriguing detectives in modern crime fiction – Politiken

This event is part of Wanderlust: Great Literature from Around the World, a monthly event series at Free Word. Join Free Word Centre on the second Monday of each month to celebrate the best fiction in translation.

FWC records each Wanderlust. If you can’t make an event, you can catch up and enjoy the conversation via an online audio recording. These recordings are available on their SoundCloud and blog within a week or two of the live event.


Presented by Oneworld in partnership with Free Word

Monday 10 October 2016, 6:45pm – 9:00pm, Free Word Centre

More info and tickets available here.

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