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Our cover pictures in the 2000:2 issue are taken from the book Drömmen om San Michele (The Dream of San Michele), with text by Berndt Jangfeldt and pictures by Ingalill Snitt, published by Albert Bonniers förlag in 2000 (ISBN 91-0-057067-2). Axel Munthe's book The Story of San Michele was first published in London in 1929 and soon became a bestseller all over the world. (The Swedish translation was published in 1930.) Millions were fascinated by the story of how Munthe, born in Oskarshamn in 1857, had a passion to build an idyllic home on the Mediterranean island of Capri. Munthe led a truly international life, moving between Uppsala, Paris, Naples, Capri, Rome, London and Stockholm, having earned a fortune as a society doctor but also displaying great generosity as a revered healer of the poor.
Jangfeld's and Snitt's book follows Munthe's journey through Europe, and is illustrated with a plethora of stunning colour photographs by Ingalill Snitt, effectively punctuated with old black-and-white photographs. Besides being a man of science, Munthe was also devoted to the arts: all his homes had a music room and were filled with beautiful pictures and artefacts — but although all were beautifully situated, none could rival the location of San Michele. The picture on our front cover is of the old chapel of San Michele, perched on a clifftop overlooking the Mediterranean, which was the first of the complex of buildings purchased by Munthe in order to create his idyllic island home. The back cover shows a window in Munthe's house in Dalarna, Stengården (renamed Hildasholm after the death of his estranged wife), beyond which the view over Lake Siljan is very different from that over the Gulf of Naples. The book is reviewed in more detail by Harry Watson on page 46 of the 2000:2 issue.

2000:2 Issue

 
 
 
 
 
 
Joan Tate: some tributes
The translator Joan Tate died on 6 June, 2000, aged 78. We devote a large section of the 2000:2 issue to a series of tributes to Joan from an extensive range of friends and colleagues, as well as presenting a factual survey of her life and work.
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Göran Sonnevi
translation by Rika Lesser
The 144 sections of "Mozart's Third Brain" constitute the nearly 200-page meditative, visionary title poem of Göran Sonnevi's thirteenth book, Mozarts Tredje Hjärna, published by Bonniers in 1996. In fact one could say that all Sonnevi's work is one unending poem that continues from book to book.
Rika Lesser presents extracts from her translation of Mozarts Tredje Hjärna.
 
 
Kate Larson
introduction and translation by Linda Schenck
Kate Larson was born in Stockholm in 1961. Her first novel was published in 1986, and since then she has written three more published novels, as well as the collection of short stories entitled Himlen över platsen (The Sky Above the Place, 1998). Linda Schenck introduces Kate Larson and presents her translation of Night noise, a story from Himlen över platsen which creates the atmosphere in which, according to Larson, the collection should be read.
 

Promoting Scandinavian books in English
article by Roger Greenwald

In the 2000:1 issue of Swedish Book Review, readers were invited to comment on why so few Swedish books are published in English translation each year. In the 2000:2 issue we print the thoughts this question aroused in Roger Greenwald, who has translated many books of prose and poetry from the Scandinavian languages into English, and teaches at the University of Toronto in Canada.
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Why are so few Swedish books published in English?
article by Eric Dickens
Another response to the question dealt with by Roger Greenwald came from Eric Dickens, who has been translating from Swedish (especially Finland-Swedish) and also Finnish and Estonian for over twenty years. He lives currently in Holland.
 
Gothenburg Book Fair 2000
report by Sarah Death
Sarah Death provides a detailed report on the sixteenth Gothenburg Book Fair, which took place on 14-17 September, 2000. Major themes included the literatures of Scandinavia, "Läsrörelsen" (The Reading Movement, a new campaign to promote literacy and reading in Sweden), and Faith in the 21st Century.