"Kim Novak Never Swam in the Sea of Galilee" is a crime novel and was written in 1998 by the Swedish author Håkan Nesser.
Håkan Nesser was born in 1950 outside Kumla but after graduation in 1968 he moved to Uppsala and was reading including
literary history and Nordic languages but right as a teacher, he graduated in 1974. The teaching profession he defected in 1998 when he became a freelance writer.
His first book was choreographer (1988), it was an existential love story. In 1993 he wrote his first pure crime novel, the coarse mesh, it was awarded the Swedish Crime Academy's prize for the best first work in the genre. Now began Nesser his career as a detective romance author and has written books like The Comeback (1995), Woman with Birthmark (1996), Carom (1999), and Piccadilly Circus is not in Kumla (2002). This autumn (2005) became Kim Novak Never Swam in the Sea of Galilee even a cinema. Worth mentioning is Nesser received a number of prizes including
• Swedish Crime Academy's prize for Best Swedish Crime Novel (Borkmanns point 1994 Woman with Birthmark 1996)
• Scandinavian Crime Society of Glass Key for best crime novel in the Nordic countries (Carom 2000)
• LundeQ's Novel Prize (Kim Novak Never Swam in Galliee 1998)
• Nerike Allehanda kulturpris 1999
• SKTF's prize for the author (and Piccadilly Circus is not in Kumla 2002) In short day is the book for 14-year-old Erik who spends his summer holidays with his older brother Henry and classmate Edmund in the family's summerhouse as they usually call Genesaret. Their mother is facing death and Erik have a lot to think about, not only his mother, but everything that happens in and around Genesaret. Erik and Edmund daydreaming willingly away with thoughts of love, and their beautiful substitute teacher Kim Novak, and Ewa Kaludis as her real name, she is together with handball legend Cannon-Berra. It becomes firmly chaos in these boys' heads when Kim Novak appears in Genesaret with brother Henry and when that terrible happens is summer so far from everything imaginable.
Excerpts from the book:
It should be about the terrible, this I now give myself into, it should be there of course, but also about other things. It's the fatal incident that makes me remember the summer of 196- stronger than all the other summers during my childhood. Throwing his gloomy light over much else. Of myself and of Edmund.
Over my poor parents and my brother and throughout this time; town out on the plain with its people and the events and conditions, which I might never have been able to fish up out of oblivion well, if it were not for that hideous that occurred. The Terrible.
I really should start, which would be the ideal starting point, is a question I wrestled some with; there are so many possible variations. Eventually I got tired of all the loose early-threads, all the various inputs to this summer, so I decided simply to start a normal weekday home in the kitchen on Idrottsgatan. My father and I just, a
warm May evening 196-.
Said and done.
"It will be a tough summer," said my father. "It's probably just as well we focus on the"
The book's main characters, I think, Erik Henry and Edmund. Nesser has very skillfully described these persons, Erik like a little lost boy in early adolescence. there is a lot going on and he has difficulty focusing on the real life. has been reluctant happily return and write and draw their own cartoons, but it's very important for him not to tell anyone. Edmund is the boy that no one really knows, not Erik. But everyone knows anyway that his father has a collection of porn magazines under the bed and Edmund have too many toes. Edmund gives the impression of being older than he is, he's been through a lot and got to stand on themselves. Henry Eric's 22 year old brother as a free-lancear of the regional newspaper "Curre". Henry is portrayed as a tough guy who knows what he wants and do and people look up to him, especially Erik and Edmund. The environments in the book is really well described, especially Genesaret and the little words they spend the summer in. The environment inside the hometown is not as well described but it does not feel as necessary as the book mostly takes place outside the town. You get a really good picture of how it looks, and it makes it much easier to keep up with the book. The language Nesser uses is very metaphors and similes, proverbs and words of wisdom, but it is still easy and down to earth.
This book is really worth reading, have I read it three times and never get tired of it.based on 7 ratings Håkan Nesser: Kim Novak Never Swam in the Lake of Gennesaret,