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Writings on crime fiction
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, July 20, 2013: The Mysteriously Enticing World of Biblio-Mysteries
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, June 29, 2013: The Amazing Rediscovery of a Long-Forgotten Parsi Fictional Hero
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, April 20, 2013: When HRF Keating came to Bombay
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, March 16, 2013: So you want to write a James Bond novel, it's easy
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, February 23, 2013: Biographer of the Criminal Minds
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, October 27, 2012: The Crime fictions of China
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, September 22, 2012: Hans Koppel, the New Face of Swedish Crime Fiction
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, September 8, 2012: The Indian Crime Novel
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, May 26, 2012: The Curse of the East
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, March 10, 2012: How much violence is too much?
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, February 4, 2012: A tour plan for the morbid tourist
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, December 17, 2011: On plagiarism and piracy
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, November 12, 2011: The past and future of crime fiction
The Caravan, October 2011: How Agatha Christie became Agatha Christie
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, September 2, 2011: Shopping for Detective Novels in South India
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, August 20, 2011: The generation gap in Crime Fiction
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, June 24, 2011: The best crooks in the world of fiction
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, April 30, 2011: The facts about facts in crime fiction
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, April 2, 2011: The therapeutical uses of crime fiction
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, February 19, 2011: A walk-in encyclopedia of real-life crime-fighting
Deccan Herald Sunday Review: The horrors of terror
Feature story for Open Magazine, January 17, 2011: A guide to crime fiction for dummies
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, January 8, 2011: The counterfactual possibilities of crime fiction
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, December 18, 2010: Almost deadly crime writing from Japan
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, December 4, 2010: The cold war is hot again
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, October 9, 2010: Crime and detective fiction in Australia
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, August 28, 2010: Supernatural detection, does it really work?
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, July 31, 2010: How to write a masterpiece of crime fiction
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, July 3, 2010: When reality and fiction merges - how close is too close?
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, June 26, 2010: Walking in a hero's footsteps - guided detective tours
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, May 22, 2010: RE-birth of a genre - springtime for Indian crime & detective fiction?
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, May 1, 2010: A school for crime writers?
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, March 27, 2010: The three best detective stories
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, March 6, 2010: The mystery of mysteries
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, February 6, 2010: How to be a poetic detective
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, January 9, 2010: Scandinavian detectives plotting in India
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, December 12, 2009: Mystery Cities of India
The ABC of Bad Crime Novelists printed in Deccan Herald's Sunday review section (December 6, 2009) and on Sunday, March 28, 2010: Rediscoveries in the world of Indian pulp crime fiction
Lounge on Saturday, October 24, 2009: FEATURE "Land of the Melancholic Cops", on Swedish crime fiction & interview with the best-selling Henning Mankell. As the printed version of the feature is abridged, you will find the original version here including some blurry snaps: Land of the Melancholic Cops and Interview with Henning Mankell, "Crime fiction is the mirror" and here's the somewhat shorter published story: Start page and it continues here page two and here page three and ends with the abridged Mankell interview
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, September 26, 2009: "Sherlock Holmes never came to India - or did he?"
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, August 29, 2009: "An insider-view of the Locked Room Mystery genre"
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, July 25, 2009: "By now, if you've read all of the below, you might wonder How To Write A Crime Novel"
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, June 27, 2009: "How to play around with history successfully in a crime novel"
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, May 30, 2009: "Truman Capote meets Bollywood in true crime magazine Crime & Detective" (and some blog responses to this particular column here: http://engageentertainenlighten.blogspot.com/2010/03/if-youre-thinking-of-writing-feature.html & http://immanuelscant.wordpress.com/)
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, May 2, 2009: "The perils of posthumous sequels"
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, March 28, 2009: "Martin Cruz Smith and the Use of Location"
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, February 28, 2009: "James Ellroy and his Demons"
The Criminal Mind on Saturday, January 17, 2009: "Cornell Woolrich, father of noir"
Old story, printed in The Hindu Literary Review, Sunday, February 4, 2007: "On the Paradoxes of Imagination"
Finally a story printed in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter: "On scouting for settings for Detective Novels in India"
Two Swedish crime writers looking for settings to their respective crime novels in Chicken Gali in Bengaluru.
Photo by Raghav Shreyas.
Writings on other writers
Asked to name my five favourite novels on India Mina fem favoritböcker om Indien
A brief history of Indian literature - very much the way I see it, and not necessairly the whole story En kortfattad indisk litteraturhistoria – rätt mycket som jag ser saken och knappast hela historien; plus kompletterande artikel om indisk bestsellerproduktion i tidningen Vi
An essay on Franz Fanon for a series called "Ten Books That Changed The World" (newspaper Dagens Nyheter) En kort essä om Franz Fanons bok ”Jordens fördömda” som skrevs till en serie som DN hade om ’Tio böcker som förändrade världen”, på websiten kan man klicka sig till de andra nio artiklarna.
A column on Artur Lundkvist from newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad En krönika om Artur Lundkvist, hans födelseby Oderljunga och resa till Indien
A recent visit to Goa, which appears to be colonized again - this time by writers! (five pages) Start page and page two and page three and page four and page five or browse the virtual version of this cover story here
An essay on RK Narayan (photo underneath) in The Hindu Literary Review
RK Narayan in his study (left) & on his balcony (right) Photo: ZOY.
Writings on travel
The Hindu Literary Review: Bill Aitken and old school travel writing
The Hindu Literary Review: A book about travelling through memories of the Raj
Outlook Traveller Magazine: In the Buddha's footsteps
Deccan Herald on Sunday: Reflections on Writing about the Atlantic Ocean
Forbes Magazine: Going to Egypt right after the Revolution
The travel magazine RES: Hungover in Bombay Guiden till hur man släpper loss i Indiens nöjeshuvudstad Mumbai
The travel magazine RES: Why one ought to live in Goa Om min jakt på ett hem i Goa
On wine in India En artikel om vin i Indien
Selections from my almost ten years as a travel columnist are occasionally re-published online Sedan 2001 har resekrönikan ”Zac: Vår man i Indien” publicerats i tidningen RES
Another short travel column I've been doing more recently in Helsingborgs Dagblad: on Chhau Dance in Seraikella followed by this on Cliff Richard's roots in India followed by another one on something else Sedan 2009 har kortare krönikor då och då publicerats i Helsingborgs Dagblad
Three stories from Sri Lanka (in the travel magazine RES) one story and another story and a third story Tre av mina reseskildringar från Sri Lanka: om att resa runt i det vackra lilla landet; om att dricka te och besöka teplantage.
The essential guide to handling tourist traps around the world RES guide till världens turistfällor
An interview with Jorden Runt, a travel website in Swedish En intervju med resewebsiten Jorden Runt
And another interview with the same website, ten years earlier En tio år äldre intervju
Things left behind in Jamshedpur.
Some other published things...
The essential subaltern guides to Sweden (Subaltern #3-2007) and America (Subaltern #1-2005) (The whole catalogue of Subaltern issues etc is HERE) Subaltern har varit en sorts antologi i tidskriftsform där de olika numren behandlat diverse ting från jordens undergång till erotik. En utgåva handlade om Amerika – till vilken jag skrev den långa ingångsessän om mina resor runt USA – och en annan var tänkt som en alternativ Sverigeguide, där jag bidrog med ett avsnitt om ”Strömsholms kanal”.
The ultimate book on cinema and cocktails Den stora boken om film och alkohol är utgiven av Filmkonst och i den finns naturligtvis ett kapitel om 1001 groggar i Bollywood.
A short story for download Här kan man ladda ner novellen ”Konstnärens liv”
Photo: Anjum Hasan
The mixed bag - or relevant stuff discovered while surfing the net
Indian author C K Meena on me in The Hindu newspaper
Photographer Raghav Shreyas, who is no more but "Table by the Window" has been released as a book: Table by the Window and Swedish crime fiction writers walk about Bengaluru
In Swedish, some interviews and articles on important subjects (Lite länkar till folk som skrivit om mig)
Wikipedia entry created by readers on the novel Tandooriälgen (En wikipedia-sida om ”Tandooriälgen”)
A page by writer Lisa Bjerre
A page by photographer Anja Liljefors
See also this comprehensive blog entry from writer Rimi B Chatterjee
Not necessarily in English:
Swedish Writers' Union, Stockholm: links to websites by Swedish writers Sveriges Författarförbunds lista på svenska författares hemsidor
Poet Peter Curman on travelling with Jan Myrdal (though the claim that I was somehow gifted a white elephant is slightly exaggerated) Peter Curman skriver om hur det varit att resa runt i världen med Jan Myrdal och våra gemensamma resor i Indien nämns också
A new bi-lingual cultural magazine Den svensk-finska kulturtidskriften Sheriffi
The August Prize shortlists Om Augustpriset
On Indian literature and more on Indian literature and review of Indian poetry in Swedish newspapers and online info on Indian literature (and here are some of my pieces: Asked to name my five favourite novels on India and A brief summary of Indian literature - very much the way I see it, and not necessairly the whole story) Diverse artiklar om indisk litteratur i svensk press
Creative writing in India Skrivarkurser i Indien
A Swedish blog on environmental and political questions by an ex-politician, worth following Birger Schlaugs blogg om politik och miljö
On mysterious things Om neuroteologi
On eating out, why not, in New York Guide till att äta ute i New York
Some songs I've co-written (with Twice A Man), available on CD (free MP3 audio samples online) "Noises of India" and "Shanti-Shanti" taken from the 2003 album "Agricultural Beauty" by Twice A Man, Gothenburg
And here's the genuine Frank Zappa of Swedish heavy metal, with his band called Freak Kitchen. The other day I just co-wrote a hardrock song with these fellows... probably it'll be released sometime 2011 but the band might play it at concerts even before that. BREAKING NEWS: listen to the title song from the forthcoming movie "Once Upon a Time in Scandinavistan" (also known, in Swedish, as "Tandooriälgen")
...more to come!