Quotes by Per Wahlöö

"-- Но вы испытывали ненависть к своей новой службе? Концерну? Его шефам?
-- Ничуть. <...> Ибо со своей точки зрения они действовали в строгом соответствии с логикой: чего ради они стали бы отказываться от такого доступного триумфа? Представьте себе, что генерал Миаха во время сражения за Мадрид позвонил генералу Франко и спросил у него: "Не хотите ли по дешевке откупить у меня мою авиацию? Уж больно много она жрет бензина"."

"What they were attempting to do was to bring all the different points of view closer to each other. Perhaps it wasn’t such a bad notion, but the methods that were being used to realise it were built almost entirely on hushing up any antagonism and difficulty. They lied away the problems. They glossed over them with constant improvements in material standards, and hid them behind a fog of meaningless talk pumped out via the radio, press and TV. And the phrase that covered it all was, then as now, ‘harmless entertainment’. The idea was, of course, that the contained infections would heal themselves over time. It didn’t happen. The individual felt physically looked after but robbed of his spiritual autonomy; politics and society became diffuse and incomprehensible; everything was acceptable but nothing was interesting. The individual reacted with bewilderment and gradually growing indifference. And at the bottom of it all there was this indefinable terror. ‘Terror,’ the man went on. ‘I don’t know what of. Do you?"

"Divided up into squares and corralled by the multi-lane highways were groups of multi-storey car parks, office buildings and department stores with small shops, cinemas, petrol stations and gleaming chrome snack bars on the ground floors. Many years earlier, when this city plan was being implemented, critical voices had been raised to say that the system would make the city inhuman and uninhabitable. The experts had brushed off the criticism. They argued that a modern city should be built not for pedestrians and horse-drawn carriages but for cars. As on so many other issues, both sides had subsequently been proved right."

Books by Per Wahlöö

Per Wahlöö
  • Per Wahlöö

  • Date of birth: August 05, 1926
  • Died: June 22, 1975
  • Born: in Tölö, Kungsbacka, Halland, Sweden.

  • Description: Per Fredrik Wahlöö (5 August 1926 - 22 June 1975) was a Swedish author. He is perhaps best known for the collaborative work with his partner Maj Sjöwall on a series of ten novels about the exploits of Martin Beck, a police detective in Stockholm, published between 1965 and 1975. In 1971, The Laughing Policeman (a translation of Den skrattande polisen, originally published in 1968) won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Novel. Wahlöö and Sjöwall also wrote novels separately.

    Wahlöö was born in Tölö parish, Kungsbacka Municipality, Halland. After his studies, from 1946 onwards he worked as a crime reporter. After long trips around the world he returned to Sweden and started working as a journalist again.

    He had a 13 year relationship with his colleague Maj Sjöwall but never married [1] Both were Marxists.

    He has been married to Inger Wahlöö, née Andersson. He was brother to Claes Wahlöö.

    He died of cancer at Malmö in 1975, aged 48.

    Series written with Maj Sjöwall:
    * Martin Beck