As I said in my previous blog, I will be going to Malaysia in a few weeks. I will be staying there for 2 weeks and hope to visit different parts of the country including of course the capital, Kuala Lumpur and the northern state of Kelantan next to the border with Thailand. I have been asked by my Malaysian friend to order three books. The books are by a Swedish writer and my linguistically versatile friend wanted them in the original Swedish. Unfortunately the company where you can buy the books online don’t deliver the books to Malaysia, but they do deliver to the much closer United Kingdom.
The website was http://bokus.com
Bokus.com, a website for Swedish language books.
The first book that my friend requested was “Män som hatar kvinnor” (Men who hate women).
The book Män som hatar kvinnor, known to many in English in the form of the film "The girl with the dragon tattoo".
The second was “Flickan som lekte med elden” (“The Girl Who Played with Fire).
"Flickan som lekte med elden" (The Girl Who Played with Fire), also made in to a film.
The third and final was “Luftslottet som sprängdes” (“(“The Grandiose Fantasy that was Blown up”), translated in to English as “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” and made in to a fim.
Luftslottet som sprängdes.
The writer of all of these books, which are part of a trilogy, namely the “Millenium Trilogy” is the Swedish writer and leftist, Stieg Larrson.
Stieg Larsson, whose success was such that in 2008 he was the second best selling author in the world.
Larsson’s work became seen to be more even more relevant when a fellow Scandinavian shocked the world with a bloody massacre of people in 2011. Larsson had written about the far right in Scandinavia two decades earlier but no one had anticipated this. If Larsson was an idealistic leftist than Anders Breivik was his antithesis, a right wing extremist. Whereas Larsson took to the pen, Breivik took to the gun.
Anders Breivik the right wing extremist from Norway, Sweden's neighbour, who carried out a horrific massacre which shocked the world.
The reason why I am mentioning this in my website is that though globalization has achieved many books, it has not yet made Swedish books be delivered to Malaysia! So my Malaysian friend had to ask me a Londoner to buy them and get them delivered to my house in London, so that I can bring them over to him when I go over there.
However when I went to the website, everything was in Swedish and there was no foreign language option or no way I could use English, so I had to rely on a friend (whom I would like to thank, Hanna) and also on “Google Translator”.
So though the world is becoming a smaller and smaller place, and we are all becoming more and more interconnected there are still limitations. Limitations for a shrewd business minded person means an opportunity, a niche in which they can fill a gap and provide a service or product to those who need it and of course, make money! This whole process involved a Malay, a Swede, and a Londoner all using facebook and hotmail to carry it out.
Swedish giant, Ikea are however in Malaysia! So the Scandinavians do have a commercial presence in the country.
Swedish giant Ikea is in Malaysia even if other Swedes aren't.
– Jahan Choudhry
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