Synopses & Reviews
When Halland is found murdered almost right outside his door, his widow, Bess, is of course the prime suspect. She isn't worried about that, though, but about the daughter she abandoned years ago. As the police investigate, the slightly cantankerous Bess instead follows a trail of her own regrets and misapprehensions.
Atmospheric and haunted by the uncanny, The Murder of Halland is anything but your typical whodunnit. It won Denmark's most important literary prize, Den Danske Banks Litteraturpris, and its English translation was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Prize.
Pia Juul has published five books of poetry, two short story collections and two novels.
Martin Aitken is a translator living in rural Denmark.
Denmarks foremost literary author turns crime fiction on its head, contemplating what happens when grief catches you off guard.
About the Author
Pia Juul: Pia Juul has published five books of poetry, two short story collections and two novels. The Murder of Halland
won Denmarks most important literary prize, Den Danske Banks litteraturpris
. She has translated Ali Smith and Alain de Botton into Danish.
Martin Aitken: Martin Aitken has translated a score of books into English and Danish, including Janne Tellers Nothing (Simon and Schuster/Atheneum and Strident Publishing) which received both a Printz Honor and a Batchelder Honor, the most prestigious awards for young adult fiction in the US. In 2012 he was awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundations Nadia Christensen Translation Prize. His translation of Pia Juul's The Murder of Halland was longlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012 and for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2014. Recent translations are The Elephant Keepers' Children by Peter Høeg (Harvill and Secker/Other Press), likewise longlisted for the IMPAC award in 2014, and Dorthe Nors' Karate Chop (Graywolf Press/A Public Space). He has also recently translated three crime thrillers by Nordic noir phenomenon Jussi Adler-Olsen for Penguin (Dutton in the US). Forthcoming work includes novels by Helle Helle (to be published in November 2014 by Harvill Secker) and Kim Leine (2015 by Atlantic Books). Martin Aitken lives in rural Denmark.