Go Beyond the Fiction!

By now millions of Americans have already visited Sweden through books and movies such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or Let the Right One In. But is Sweden really as dark, cold and depressing as the latest wave of Swedish crime fiction leads you to believe? The website Sweden Beyond the Fiction - swedenbeyond.com - will provide those answers.

The site features video interviews with people involved in the film production of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as well as articles about Sweden, its culture and contemporary film and literature scenes, ranging from more fact-driven pieces to colorful prose. The site sets the record straight on issues like the Swedish welfare system, Bergmanesque melancholia, parental leave and male feminists.

Fans of Swedish noir will also want to check out the interview with Jens Lapidus, a Swedish writer who may be next in line to make a splash stateside. His bestselling novel Easy Money - the first of a trilogy - was released in the U.S. earlier this year, as was a critically acclaimed film adaptation distributed by The Weinstein Company. Lapidus, a criminal defense lawyer by trade, first began to write when he was part of a trial of three young men accused of robbery and assault. His book portrays a Sweden rarely seen in literature - the characters in Easy Money are intensely materialistic with an unabashed hunger for money, fame, power, and the upper echelons of Stockholm nightlife.

> Visit the website to learn more: www.swedenbeyond.com