Kalmann Joachim B. Schmidt

Bitter Lemon Press, 2022
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[…] the writing style is other-worldly. A paragraph will begin with a mundane description of what Kalmann sees, and then it spirals out of control into past storylines and random thoughts so that two pages later, we end up as confused and disoriented as Kalmann himself is. And then he goes right back to what he was doing. This is a tremendous book.

Bookgasm

Thoroughly provocative, punchy, thoughtful and empathetic, I found this novel and its narrator to be an unforgettable reading experience. […] Translator Jamie Lee Searle does a cracking job, I felt as though I belonged, even while exclaiming at the differences. […] A worthy LoveReading Star Book, Kalmann is strikingly vivid, surprising, and incredibly powerful too. Loved it!

Liz Robinson, LoveReading

[…] author Schmidt illuminates the complexities of humans’ relationships to one another and to the planet. Along the way, he gifts readers with insights into the culture of rural Iceland and the struggling fishing industry — all in the guise of a twisty murder mystery full of unexpected charm.

Washington Independent Review of Books

Kalmann Ódinsson, the 33-year-old neurodivergent man and self-proclaimed sheriff of the remote village of Raufarhöfn, Iceland, who narrates this endearing slice-of-life mystery, Swiss Icelandic author Schmidt’s English-language debut, fills his days hunting Arctic foxes and catching sharks to ferment into the delicacy called hákarl. […] The narrative charms of Schmidt’s unlikely detective will keep readers turning the pages. Nordic crime fans won’t want to miss this unusual take on a familiar story.

Publishers Weekly

The use of a narrator that’s naive, yet astutely observant, and a slow developing plot results in a pleasantly unique, less dark and gloomy and mainly character-driven novel which is unlike any Nordic noir you’ve read before. Moving, intriguing and different, Kalmann is recommended reading.

 

Crime Fiction Lover

A touching and very funny Nordic crime thriller with a difference. A tightly plotted suspense story based on a mentally challenged character described with empathy, humour and psychological tact. Forrest Gump meets Fargo.

Extract

If only Grandfather had been with me. He always knew what
to do. I stumbled across the endless Melrakkaslétta plain,
hungry, exhausted and smeared in blood, and wondered
what he would have done. Perhaps he would simply have
filled his pipe and let the pool of blood disappear beneath
the falling snow, watching calmly, to make sure no
one else would find it.

LoveReading LitFest in conversation with Joachim B. Schmidt

[…] the writing style is other-worldly. A paragraph will begin with a mundane description of what Kalmann sees, and then it spirals out of control into past storylines and random thoughts so that two pages later, we end up as confused and disoriented as Kalmann himself is. And then he goes right back to what he was doing. This is a tremendous book.

Bookgasm

Thoroughly provocative, punchy, thoughtful and empathetic, I found this novel and its narrator to be an unforgettable reading experience. […] Translator Jamie Lee Searle does a cracking job, I felt as though I belonged, even while exclaiming at the differences. […] A worthy LoveReading Star Book, Kalmann is strikingly vivid, surprising, and incredibly powerful too. Loved it!

Liz Robinson, LoveReading

[…] author Schmidt illuminates the complexities of humans’ relationships to one another and to the planet. Along the way, he gifts readers with insights into the culture of rural Iceland and the struggling fishing industry — all in the guise of a twisty murder mystery full of unexpected charm.

Washington Independent Review of Books

Kalmann Ódinsson, the 33-year-old neurodivergent man and self-proclaimed sheriff of the remote village of Raufarhöfn, Iceland, who narrates this endearing slice-of-life mystery, Swiss Icelandic author Schmidt’s English-language debut, fills his days hunting Arctic foxes and catching sharks to ferment into the delicacy called hákarl. […] The narrative charms of Schmidt’s unlikely detective will keep readers turning the pages. Nordic crime fans won’t want to miss this unusual take on a familiar story.

Publishers Weekly

The use of a narrator that’s naive, yet astutely observant, and a slow developing plot results in a pleasantly unique, less dark and gloomy and mainly character-driven novel which is unlike any Nordic noir you’ve read before. Moving, intriguing and different, Kalmann is recommended reading.

 

Crime Fiction Lover