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Netflix goes Nordic Noir with new Swedish thriller

Are you a fan of Scandinavian crime series? You're in for a treat.

Netflix goes Nordic Noir with new Swedish thriller
Netflix and chill. Photo: AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Netflix has ordered its first Swedish original series from one of the writers of worldwide hit 'The Bridge', capitalizing on the huge global appetite for Scandinavian noir television.

Adapted from the international best-seller by novellist Malin Persson Giolito, 'Quicksand' tells the story of a teenager on trial for murder after a mass school shooting in an affluent Stockholm suburb.

Published in 26 countries and voted Nordic Crime Novel of the year in 2016, the story has been adapted for TV by Camilla Ahlgren, the head writer on Danish-Swedish thriller 'The Bridge', and will go into production in 2018.

“Malin Persson Giolito's novel 'Störst av allt' ('Quicksand') is an original, fresh and suspenseful drama that we believe will make a fantastic Netflix series,” producer Pontus Edgren said in a statement.

“We asked one of Scandinavia's most respected writers, Camilla Ahlgren, to work with us and she was equally thrilled.”

Ahlgren said it would be “a great honour and challenge” to rework the thriller and love story about “guilt, responsibility, punishment and redemption” for TV.


Malin Persson Giolito with her novel 'Störst av allt'. Photo: Sören Andersson/TT

The 'Scandi-crime' genre – sometimes known as 'Nordic Noir' – has produced numerous global hit shows and movies in recent years, including 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' and its sequels, 'Borgen', 'Wallander' and 'The Killing'.

'The Bridge' (2011) – shown in over 100 countries and remade in both the US and in a British-French reworking called 'The Tunnel – begins with the discovery of a dead body exactly on the centre of the crossing over the Öresund Strait between Malmö and Copenhagen.

“Sweden has a tradition of great crime literature and series and we've been looking for something special in this area,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix's vice president of international original series.

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‘We’re THRILLED Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel Prize’

British author Kazuo Ishiguro, best known for his novel 'The Remains of the Day', won the Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday, the Swedish Academy said.

'We're THRILLED Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel Prize'
Books of British writer Kazuo Ishiguro on display at the Swedish Academy. Photo: TT

The 62-year-old, “in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world,” the Academy wrote in its citation.

Ishiguro has written eight books as well as scripts for film and television. He won the Man Booker Prize in 1989 for “The Remains of the Day”.

AS IT HAPPENED:  The Local's live report from the Nobel Prize for Literature

Born in Nagasaki, he moved to Britain with his family when he was five years old, only returning to visit Japan as an adult.

Both his first novel “A Pale View of Hills” from 1982 and the subsequent one, “An Artist of the Floating World” from 1986, take place in Nagasaki a few years after World War II.

“The themes Ishiguro is most associated with are already present here: memory, time, and self-delusion,” the Academy said.

“This is particularly notable in his most renowned novel, 'The Remains of the Day',” which was turned into a film with Anthony Hopkins acting as the duty-obsessed butler Stevens.

“Ishiguro's writings are marked by a carefully restrained mode of expression, independent of whatever events are taking place,” it said.

In a 1989 interview with Bomb Magazine, Ishiguro said: “I tend to be attracted to pre-war and post-war settings because I'm interested in this business of values and ideals being tested, and people having to face up to the notion that their ideals weren't quite what they thought they were before the test came.”

Inspired by Dostoyevsky, Proust

His more recent fiction contains elements of fantasy.

With the critically-acclaimed dystopian work “Never Let Me Go” from 2005, Ishiguro introduced “a cold undercurrent” of science fiction into his work, the jury said.

Inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Marcel Proust, Ishiguro's characters often painfully come to terms with who they are without closure. His latest novel, “The Buried Giant” from 2015 explores “in a moving manner, how memory relates to oblivion, history to the present, and fantasy to reality.”

In the book, an elderly couple go on a road trip through an archaic English landscape, hoping to reunite with their adult son, whom they have not seen for years.

Ishiguro was not among those tipped as a favourite for this year's Nobel. His publisher Faber & Faber wrote on Twitter after the announcement, “We're THRILLED Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel Prize!”

Last year, the 18 members of the Swedish Academy stunned the world by awarding the honour to American rock legend and counter-culture icon Bob Dylan. The Nobel comes with a prize sum of nine million kronor ($1.1 million, 945,000 euros).

Ishiguro will receive his prize at a formal ceremony in Stockholm on December 10th.

By Pia Ohlin