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The Surplus of Evil in Welfare Society: Contemporary Scandinavian Crime Fiction

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The best-selling Scandinavian crime fiction of the last ten years extensively deals with the problem of remaining evil in a peaceful and just welfare society. It develops a view of “secular theodicy” which aims at explaining the presence of radical evil in a secular late modern society. In this explanation it employs the Lutheran imagery of “hidden God” (Deus absconditus). The paper reviews recent novels by Henning Mankell, Anne Holt, Sven Westerberg, Helena von Zweigbergk and Anna Jansson.
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Keywords: Crime Fiction; Lutheranism; Theodicy; Welfare State; hidden God

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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