In reverse order;
The Martin Beck novel sequence is an awesome achievement (the writing of it, not the reading). Written by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahlöö between 1964 and 1974, these ten novels, based around the activities of the Swedish murder squad, achieve their objective of casting a light on the dark corners of the Swedish welfare state.
“According to Wahlöö, their intention was to “use the crime novel as a scalpel cutting open the belly of the ideological pauperized and morally debatable so-called welfare state of the bourgeois type.” The narrative focused on realistic police routine and teamwork – rather the deductive leaps of a Hercule Poirot type individual – and was compared to Georges Simenon.”
For my next novel sequence – A Dance to the Music of Time… and maybe a little light Trollope?
Perseus and Medusa
I can’t look, I realise, at the twin Gorgons of climate change and human hierarchy (the two are linked in depressing ways) without turning to stone. When turned to stone, I am no use to myself or anyone else. Thus I must not avert my gaze per se, but make sure I see the damn thing(s) through a glass darkly…