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Stieg Larsson book could get English version

James Savage · 6 Aug 2010, 15:05

Published: 06 Aug 2010 15:05 GMT+02:00

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The manual, called ‘Överleva Deadline’ or ‘Survive the Deadline’, was first published in Swedish in 2000. Now, the Swedish Journalists’ Union (Svenska Journalistförbundet), plans to update and reissue the book in both Swedish and English.

Larsson’s enormous international popularity could help highlight the issue of journalists’ safety, said Agneta Lindblom Hulthén, the union’s chairwoman:

“We can’t prove it with figures, but threats against journalists have increased since the book was first released ten years ago,” she said, “It’s getting more and more dangerous.”

Officials from the union are now in talks with Erland and Joachim Larsson, the novelist’s father and brother, about how best to release the book to the public. The book could be released in English in cooperation with the International Federation of Journalists.

Eva Gabrielsson, Larsson’s partner of thirty years, is not directly involved, said Arne König, the union’s vice chairman, who is leading negotiations:

“But she has been informed that we’re planning this,” he said.

Gabrielsson told SVT this week that there was a “definite need” for the book.

Larsson, who documented far-right and racist organizations for Expo magazine, reportedly received numerous death threats, experiences he drew on in his Millennium Trilogy series.

The book will be relevant to journalists everywhere, said Lindblom Hulthén:

“It contains information on how to do things like checking whether your car has a bomb underneath it,” she said.

The sort of threats faced by journalists have changed over the decades:

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“In the eighties, it was right-wing extremists, in the nineties it was organized gangs and sports hooligans.”

“Often now the threats often come from ordinary people. There’s been a hooliganization of the public debate,” said Lindblom Huthén.

James Savage (james.savage@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

02:02 August 7, 2010 by Z-man
Whatever you do, Svenska Journalistförbundet, PLEASE DO NOT Use the same translators as the ones used for the 3 books. They may be bestsellers, but ask any native English speaker and they will tell you there were glaring errors, egregious mistakes, and incomprehensible Swenglish expressions throughout.
12:27 August 7, 2010 by hilt_m
Really? I thought Reg Keeland did a pretty good job.
20:36 August 7, 2010 by Z-man
No, "he" really didn't!

I suspect the books were translated by Swedes using pseudonyms resembling those of native English speakers, for there were typical glaring errors that only Swedes make, albeit on a higher "academic" level. Throughout there are expressions beyond comprehension and expressions a native-English speaker would never ever use:

* "She REPAIRED to the Sofa to watch TV"

* "He plugged at the university."

If you check the discussion on this page http://www.thelocal.se/26824/20100524/ , you'll see that credited translator "Reg Kinney" does not exist. That was allegedly a pseudonym used by a "Steven T. Murray," who insisted on it as a protest when Millennium editor in England, Christopher MacLehose, supposedly messed up his translation.

In the end, no matter who messed it up, being an editor myself, I would say there are way too many tell-tale signs the translation really wasn't the work of a native-English speaker.

As a professional translator myself, I appreciate that a book has to be able to stand on its own as an English work, but the books of the Millennium trilogy fall seriously short to being worthy of that. Still, I am told they are a good read. I just couldn't get past the first chapter due to the annoyance.
10:29 August 9, 2010 by Annaya
z-man, I am a native English speaker and read all three books. I did not read any glaring problems and certainly did not have any problems with the translation. Maybe your problem lies with the fact that you are "a professional translator" yourself, you were probably looking for problems with the translation.

I recommended the books to several friends and heard no complaints from any of them. Ease up man! Hollywood didn't have a problem with it.

I don't care about Stieg's book for journalist. American journalist today are all commentators with their own slant. They don't report the news but put their own

political bend on it. Ergo, I read English newspapers and the The Local.
21:40 August 9, 2010 by Z-man

Maybe you've been here too long and you don't even noticeanything glaringly wrong with "he plugged at the university." :-) I'm not the only native-English speaker having a problem--heard the same from several others. But you do have a point in that some people, like me, are "jobbskadad" ;-)
19:38 August 11, 2010 by calebian22
I agree with Z man. When compared with books written by native English authors, the Larsson translations come up short. Sadly, this is typical with translated books from/to any language and not a rarity.
09:34 August 12, 2010 by Annaya
Heck, some of our authors write choppy books that can't be blamed on translation.

We might say, "he plugged away at the university".....meaning he worked hard.

Jobbskadad does that mean-job related?

I have traveled to other countries but I was born, raised and live in the U. S.

Sorry to say, that I only know a few words in other languages but I really didn't have a problem with Larsson's books.
22:00 August 12, 2010 by Z-man

Jobbskadad literally means "work-injured." It's sometimes sarcastically used to say one is damaged by one's profession.

"Plugged AWAY" is one thing. As farr as "he plugged at the University" goes, that is 100% Swenglish for "han pluggade på universitet," which means he studied/read at the university.
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