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Space and place
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Chapter Three explores the distinctive landscapes of Scandinavia, as ‘Space and Place’. The wide open terrains, snowy vistas, and vast forests of Sweden’s far Northern hinterlands form an integral, expressive element of the crime fictions. The natural landscape is at the heart of the texts, directing the narrative, shaping the drama, informing and inflecting the meaning of each piece as it unfolds. The crowded streets of Stockholm are as central to Larsson’s Millennium trilogy as the retreat to Hedeby Island in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Regional geographical differences are also important to the crime fictions’ distinctive personalities. For example, in Wallander, like Oxford for Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse, the town of Ystad becomes a fully-fledged character in its own right.

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Swedish crime fiction

Novel, film, television

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