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Icelandic Crime Novel Popular in France

The thriller Daudi trúdsins (“The Death of a Clown”) by Icelandic crime novelist Árni Thórarinsson has sold in 22,000 copies in France since its publication last October under the French title Le Dresseur d’insectes.

According to the book publisher Forlagid, Thórarinsson’s novel climbed to the ninth place of the French suspense novel bestseller list at its peak, where it was up against books by authors such as Dan Brown, Henning Mankell, Camilla Lackberg and Dashiell Hammet, not to mention Iceland’s most popular crime writer, Arnaldur Indridason.

The popularity of Le Dresseur d’insectes may not come as a surprise considering the favorable reviews it has received in the French media. La Marseillaise wrote that it was “harsh social criticism in a sharp-sided and ironic storytelling.”

Thórarinsson’s latest novel, Sjöundi sonurinn (“The Seventh Son”) is currently being translated to French and will be released in France later this year. None of Thórarinsson’s books have been translated to English.

Click here to read more about Thórarinsson’s thrillers.

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