Maj Sjöwall dies at 84, writer of the inspector Martin Beck saga - La Provincia

The writer Swedish Maj Sjöwall, author with her romantic partner Per Wahlöö of the ten-book saga starring Inspector Martin Beck, he has deceased at 84 after a long illness, as reported by the Swedish agency TT News Agency.

Sjöwall (1935) is considered one of the great precursors of the literature modern police. In 2012 she was distinguished with the VIII Pepe Carvalho Prize for crime novel for his long and fruitful career. Together with the writer Per Wahlöö, Sjöwall contributed to the consolidation of the detective novel in Europe, praised by critics and readers for decades.

In 1965, both authors debuted with the book 'Roseanna', the first in the series by Inspector Martin Beck. With the fourth novel in the saga, 'The Police Who Laughs' (1968), they won the Edgar Allan Poe Prize, the first to be awarded to a novel not written in English.

Precisely, the history of this book was taken to the cinema with the title in Spanish 'San Francisco, naked city', starring Walter Matthau and Bruce Dern. A Swedish fiction series titled 'Beck' (1997) was also created, which lasted six seasons.

With 'The Terrorists' (1975), Sjöwall and Wahlöö close the story of Inspector Beck, which was translated into 40 languages. The writer stood out for her ability to analyze the shortcomings of the Swedish welfare society through the characters in her novels, which mix fiction and reality.


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