Happy Birthday, Håkan Nesser, born 21 February 1950
- You will find out who you are when the difficult moment comes.
- Life imposes certain conditions upon us. If we don’t accept the challenge, we become petrified. We don’t have any real choice.
- There’s no such thing as coincidence. Only a lack of knowledge.
- A crime is born in the gap between the morality of society and that of the individual.
- Words and form! We have a totally clear view of the world when we’re fourteen years old, maybe sooner. But then we need another fifty years in order to create a language that can express those impressions. And in the mean time, of course, they’ve faded away.
- Writing is a very complicated process and you have to weigh and choose every word, there is not simple solution for writing a novel.
- The worst possible outcome is to die without having lived.
- The ritual works. The forms overcome doubts. We have learned over the centuries to weave meaning around emptiness and pain. A meaning and a pattern. We have been practising that for a very long time.
- Everybody must have a story. For those who don’t, we need to invent one.
Nesser is a Swedish author. He has won Best Swedish Crime Novel Award three times. He is the author of the Inspector Van Veeteren and Inspector Barbarotti series.
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