The Land of Dreams

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University of Minnesota Press
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6.36 X 9.23 X 0.97 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Vidar Sundstøl is the acclaimed Norwegian author of six novels, including the Minnesota Trilogy, written after he and his wife lived for two years on the north shore of Lake Superior. The Land of Dreams was nominated for the Glass Key for best Scandinavian crime novel of the year, and the series has been translated into eight languages. The remaining novels in the trilogy--Only the Dead and The Ravens--are both forthcoming from Minnesota.


"The Land of Dreams is a brilliant investigation into the darkest of all mysteries--the human heart. In its complexity and beauty, the story is every bit the equal of the landscape in which it is set, the stunning North Shore of Minnesota." --William Kent Krueger, author of Ordinary Grace

"Scandinavian noir meets Minnesota noir. . . . Sundstøl weaves a rich sense of Northland history and heritage into his crime novel. His deep knowledge of--and love for--the Lake Superior region comes through on every page." --Brian Freeman, author of The Cold Nowhere

"Vidar Sundstøl has written an epic Scandinavian-American crime novel, with a deep and dark sense of mystery both in its memorable characters and original setting." --Johan Theorin, author of The Darkest Room

"Sundstøl's dialogue with the universe, with nature's physical contact, reaches mythological heights. Its lyricism strikes like an arrow in the heart of the target." --Le Figaro (France)
"The highlight of this year's crime harvest." --Politiken (Denmark)

"Crime of the highest quality . . . powerful and well-written. Vidar Sundstøl's Minnesota Trilogy is one of the best that has been written in this country for many years." --Dagbladet (Norway)
"The first of Sundstøl's Minnesota trilogy to be published in the U.S. is literate, lyrically descriptive, and mystical. The next can't come too soon." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Norwegian crime novelist Sundstøl's stellar psychological thriller, the first in his Minnesota Trilogy, stunningly evokes the North Shore of Lake Superior and its people. Nunnally's convincing translation helps bring it all to unforgettable life." --Publishers Weekly

"Sundstøl's superb first entry in his acclaimed Minnesota trilogy, now published for the first time in the United States, interweaves a Nordic noir flavor with the history and heritage of Minnesota's Cook County. Fans of Scandinavian crime novels and mysteries with a Minnesota setting will enjoy this chilling psychological thriller." --Library Journal

"The novel will certainly appeal to Scandinavian crime-fiction fans, but the vivid Minnesota setting should expand its audience considerably. A fine mix of history and mystery." --Booklist, starred review

"The novel's most gripping theme: that history can be like an 'ancient monster' hiding, waiting, unseen and unspoken, until a storm exposes it--and then we must confront that which we've silenced, ignored or simply forgotten." --Star Tribune
"Sundstøl aptly weaves together the history of the Ojibway people, the story of the Scandinavian immigrants who arrived in northern Minnesota a century earlier and the men currently investigating the crime. It also brings up difficult questions about guilt, allegiance, and familial and cultural bonds that are hard to break. The Land of Dreams, originally published in Norway in 2008 as the first volume in Sundstøl's "Minnesota trilogy," will be appreciated by mystery lovers everywhere." --Shelf Awareness

"The story is very far from complete, but it has created a world, past and present, and not terribly benign, that I can scarcely wait to enter again." --Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post