IN Jan Guillous two recent novels something new has arisen. “The One Who Killed the Hell’s Angels”, which came out last year, and the new novel “Possible Intent: To Kill the Local Gangsters”. The novels are partly political thrillers where the aging journalist Erik Ponti fights organized crime together with the well-known fictional character Carl Hamilton. In part, the books are also a kind of diary where the narrator Ponti – a figure who is broadly Guillou himself – lets his thoughts flow freely. Here are voluptuous rants about named rivals, pettiness and mischief, and explorations of war and politics. There are also fragile depictions of nature, a comic look at aging and the fragility of the body, and about love in the fall of age.
The critics have been very pleased, something that was not always the case during Guillou’s writing life. He himself refers to it as style parodies, a newly developed narrative style after more than 50 books over nearly 50 years.
– If you write historical novels, which I have been working with since the 90s, and before that political thrillers, you are bound by a number of rules that cannot be broken. But one fine day I will be completely free. I am a writer on green pasture. Then it becomes a mixture of different parodies of literary techniques and styles that I graze one by one, says Jan Guillou.
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