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Short story heaven 28/10/13

An unpublished story by Stieg Larsson Brain Power, a previously unpublished short story by Stieg Larsson, is to appear in A Darker Shade, a new anthology of Swedish crime stories published in the UK by Head of Zeus. The editor of A Darker Shade is John-Henri Holmberg who was a personal friend of Larsson. The anthology will include stories from Eva Gabrielson, Henning Mankell, Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall. The anthology will be the first collection of Swedish crime short stories translated into English. At the Malga I didn’t know what a ‘malga’ was until I read this story by Catherine McNamara. Afterwards I Googled it to find out a bit more. A ‘malga’ is an alpine hut, as described clearly by McNamara in At the Malga, a charming story of juxtapositions. Past/present, snow/sun, winter/summer, husband/stranger. An encounter between two strangers, left behind at an Alpine hotel by their fitter companions; one is tired, the other injured. They walk towards a malga, a walk that may lead to more than cheese. There is a wonderful sensuousness about their companionship. They pass a lake. “Veronique had never paused here this long, except to loosen her neck scarf or apply sunblock. But
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