Mordet på 31: a våningen

Mordet på 31: a våningenWhen The Nation S Sole Publishing Conglomerate Receives A Mysterious Bomb Threat, Chief Inspector Jensen Is Ordered To Find A Culprit Within A Week Or Else As His Investigation Begins To Reveal The Unsavory Secrets Of A Growing List Of Suspects, Jensen Realizes That He Has Uncovered A Tragic Story Of Betrayal And Death In Which He Will Play The Central Role

Martin Beck

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  • Paperback
  • 207 pages
  • Mordet på 31: a våningen
  • Per Wahlöö
  • English
  • 05 August 2018
  • 9780394708409

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  1. says:

    Book ReviewIn the social production of their existence, men inevitably enter into definite relations, which are independent of their will, namely relations of production appropriate to a given stage in the development of their material forces of production The totality of these relations of production constitutes the economic structure of society, the real foundation, on which arises a legal and political superstructure and to which correspond definite forms of consciousness The mode of production of material life conditions the general process of social, political and intellectual life It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness Karl MarxWritten in 1964, Murder on the Thirty first Floor is grey caviar The first in a dyptich starring Inspector Jensen, Per s novel takes a fascinating, albeit chilling, look at the relationship between the individual and the State Fans of Kafka, Orwell, Graham Greene, Heinrich B ll, and Stanley Kubrick will undoubtably be drawn to Per s novels A pioneer of Scandinavian fiction s predilection to use the crime fiction genre to comment on economical, sociological and political issues Per Wahl makes no bones about his ardent allegiance to Marxism.So, let me stop right there I knew all this before picking up the book You know, right I was prepared for Marxism But, you would think that a book written by a Marxist would elevate the intellectual tenants of the means of production, the social classes, the proletariat and bourgeoisie Right And then you come across passages like this Here we have the abolishment of individualism and free will Identity is directly tied to the means of production On the pavements there were people who had temporarily left their cars As ever, they were well dressed and looked very much alike They moved quickly and nervously, as if they couldn t wait to get back to their cars Once inside their vehicles, their sense of integrity was intensified Since the cars were different in size, colour, shape and horsepower, they lent their owner an identity What was , they brought about a sense of group identity People with the same cars unconsciously felt that they belonged to a peer group that was easier to grasp than society under the Accord in general Or, let s take a look at the total abolishment of private lives In the following, a woman is found drinking in her own home, at which point Jensen immediately sends for a police officer to arrest her Jensen never arrests someone directly as this is accorded to the identity and function of uniformed policemen, not inspectors She was nineteen In the top right hand corner of her identity card there were two red marks, fully visible even though someone had tried to blot them out That means two arrests for drinking A third would mean immediate admittance to an alcohol abuse clinic Or, how about the Self Clearance estates Large tracts of identical housing are left to whither as nature slowly takes over the grey, concrete block structures, thus eventually across years forcing everyone out Here and there he saw distant suburbs or self clearance estates silhouetted against the sky From the horizon to the motorway, the ground was covered in an expanse of dry and dreary vegetation deformed trees and low, scrubby bushes Perhaps it is my predilection towards capitalism, or free will, or individuality that is preventing me from seeing how anyone could ascribe to this kind of world Surely not even a Marxist would write this stuff I mean, no matter where you go, this book is either described as cold, chilling, dystopian, Utopian, Orwelian or what not But folks, this isn t some future dystopian novel This is not utopia This sociopolitical aspect of the book is not fiction The world described by Per is now actual history It is a chilling account of what actually happened in Russia and its satellite nations as Marxism is applied Perhaps some aspects are exagerated for the sake of fiction, but the essence is clear enough.As to the mystery The book is a police procedural But, procedures are tied to the economic means of production in this case the function of a police organization which is to safe guard the proper functioning of the working classes Inspector Jensen, as said before, does not arrest anyone That is the function of plain clothes men He is perfunctory with his orders to the lower strata of functions, which he views as a function of society, not as individuals to whom he is speaking always ending his orders with and be quick about it As one reviewer puts it, the book reads like a combination of George Orwell and Dragnet An accurate observation.Even food plays a role in this mystery to see what the mystery is about, just read the book description Throughout the investigation, Jensen barely eats which results in gastronomical pain, a pain that keeps him alert Only upon resolving the case do we find him scarfing down a huge plate of food at which point he sits back and relishes the dull, sleepy semi conscious state eating affords him It is highly suggestive that this, one of the final scenes in the book, is a purposeful act implemented by whatever Ministry is in charge of food production food as a opiate to quiet the masses Speaking of Ministries There s one for every facet of life you can think of life as completely State controlled.And, of course, primary to the novel is the Marxist view as to the proper function of corporations in this case The Concern the place where the crime takes place A conglomerate of newspapers and magazines no individual magazines or newspapers exist, they ve all been bought out by the Concern It s purpose Read on In times past, the press often exerted an inflammatory and unsettling influence on its readership Now, its design and content are designed solely for its readers benefit What is that benefit The publications are aimed at the family, at being something they can all read, at not creating aggression, dissatisfaction or anxiety They satisfy ordinary people s natural need for escapism In short, they are in the service of the Accord At once surreal, existential and imaginative this book is a fascinating view into socialism and Marxism, cleverly disguised as an intelligent mystery novel Series ReviewPer Wahl Per Wahl 1926 1975 was born in T l parish, Kungsbacka Municipality, Halland Following school, he worked as a crime reporter from 1946 onwards After long trips around the world he returned to Sweden and started working as a journalist again.He had a thirteen year relationship with his colleague Maj Sj wall but never married Both were Marxists He was married to Inger Wahl , n e Andersson He was brother to Claes Wahl He died of cancer at Malm in 1975, aged 48 He is considered one of the Godfathers of Scandinavian crime fiction according to Jo Nesbo.Per Wahl is the co recipient of some of the finest crime thriller awards in the world, including The Edgar Award US , Gran Giallo Citta di Cattolica Italy , the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers Award Svenska Deckarakademins pris Sweden , the Danish Poe Club s Award Denmark and Svenska Dagbladets Literary Award Svenska Dagbladets Litteraturpris Sweden.Along with his Dictatorship series and surely as a result of his collaboration with common law wife Maj Sj wall resulting in 10 Martin Beck crime novels Per Wahl stands out as one of Sweden s finest and most controversial writers of the 20th century.

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    I have read and loved the Martin Beck series several times The partnership of Maj Sj wall and Per Wahl was a powerful voice in Scandinavian literature, a powerful voice in the police procedural, and a powerful voice for political change This makes them precisely the sort of authors I can t get enough of, but I must admit I ve been frightened to read Per Wahl s solo work for fear that his writing would suffer for the lack of Maj Sj wall.Although there is no denying his writing lacks something that Sj wall must have brought to their collaboration which I will expand upon later , I was wrong to be frightened Murder on the Thirty First Floor is all Wahl , and it is a cracking good read.I expected as I imagine most of us would that Murder on the Thirty First Floor was going to be a police procedural, and the back cover blurb reinforced that expectation We are told that Chief Inspector Jensen has a week to find a would be bomber, so the promise of a police procedural seems to be utterly fulfilled And it is But that only tells half the tale because it is the other half that seems to be the most solidly Wahl s the dystopia Murder on the Thirty First Floor takes place, you see, in a sterile Eastern Northern European city where crime has been reduced to the constant rounding up of alcohol abusers it s difficult to tell how many of them are actually alcoholics , the cleaning up of automobile suicides, and the rare major crime like theft or murder It is a city where litter is non existent, where the housing crisis has been solved by banks and banks of concrete apartment blocks designed to become derelict, and where the Welfare State has wiped away visible problems while deepening malaise to unprecedented levels It is a city where one hundred and forty four publications comic books, magazines, newspapers, what have you are owned and operated by one benevolent private company, dedicated to making sure that nothing they print will ever bother anyone and to making as much money as they possibly can in the process.This unnamed city creeps up on the reader with its stultifying civility until genuine discomfort sets in, and the city s traits are reflected in our Chief Inspector Jensen He is our window into this city, our connection to the story, our POV, but he is just as sterile, conforming, uncaring and damaged as the city itself It all makes for an uncomfortable sense of dread And it is here that the absence of Maj Sj wall is most felt see, I told you I d get back to it because without her, Per Wahl s cynicism is untempered The Martin Beck series is full of bleak landscapes and storylines, but it is offset by a sliver of hope if not genuine optimism Murder on the Thirty First Floor, however, is hopeless, but this doesn t mean that it suffers from the lack of Sj wall it is merely a different experience Indeed, this also doesn t mean Murder on the Thirty First Floor isn t excellent It is And luckily, I appreciate hopelessness if you don t, however, you may want to steer clear Best of all, my fear of reading my favourite collaborating authors on their own has evaporated Bring on Wahl s The Steel Spring, then I have to find something solo by Sj wall too.

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    Jensen is a police Inspector in the capital city of plutocratic corporatist state somewhere in the near future investigating a bomb threat against a major magazine and newspaper publisher As his investigation develops it seems to become perfunctory, slightly absurd and all the while disturbing In part this is a result of Wahl s fastidious writing the book is peppered with detailed lists of what Jensen eats, of the notes he takes, of the contents of his desk, of the corridors he walks in the Skyscraper, home to the publishing conglomerate the reek almost of compulsion but evoke a sense of detail, surveillance of the minutiae and as a result of a panoptic order If he wasn t a Marxist writing in the early 1960s, I d say he d read too much Foucault, but as it turns out it might be the effects of dystopians such as Orwell and Huxley This predates the Martin Beck novels written with Maj Sj wall and is slightly less subtle in its politics, although Wahl conjures up the image of a state that seems to blend the corporatism of Fascist Italy, the plutocracy of contemporary Russia and intellectual torpor of mediatised late capitalism in a deeply disturbing manner At the heart of the tale is the control of a nation s cultural life, dominance by an lite and a willingness to suppress by any means necessary in order to maintain order And who better than a senior police officer to expose the machinations of power.

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    Llegu a este libro por la rese a de Juli n D ez en C que Juli n se centra en la componente dist pica uy, perd n, prospectiva , yo voy a intentar analizar m s niveles de la obra para que se entienda mejor la diferencia entre su valoraci n y la m a Asesinato en la planta 31 es un crossover entre novela negra y un subg nero de la literatura fant stica, la distop a, por lo que ofrece muchas l neas de an lisis Es muy similar por tanto a la m s conocida y ligeramente menos mala Patria.Una obra de literatura debe ser analizada en dos niveles textual y subtextual El nivel textual est caracterizado principalmente por el argumento lo que pasa en el libro y el nivel subtextual por el tema lo que el autor quiere transmitir al lector En una novela coherente, en una buena novela, argumento y tema est n relacionados.La literatura fant stica a ade un tercer factor la hip tesis fant stica, es decir, el cambio que propone el autor con respecto a la realidad lo que va detr s de qu pasar a si En una novela fant stica coherente, en una buena novela fant stica, la hip tesis fant stica es contingente, es decir, el argumento no ser a viable si no acept ramos ese cambio Este detalle es importante.En las utop as, salvo raras excepciones, la hip tesis fant stica es nica y consiste en un cambio acontecido en el pasado del que se deduce l gica e inevitablemente pse el mundo en el que se ambienta la novela Existen innumerables clasificaciones de la literatura ut pica pero, en mi opini n, la clave es la relaci n entre la hip tesis fant stica y el tema de la novela ndome en Asesinato en la planta 31 Hip tesis fant stica la sociedad ha alcanzado el Consenso No existe conflicto alguno, ni opiniones que admitan una postura opuesta, existe un acuerdo total y por fin la sociedad avanza sin dar pasos atr s Argumento se ha recibido un aviso de bomba en la sede del consorcio que edita todas las publicaciones peri dicas del pa s peri dicos, revistas y c mics El comisario Jensen es encargado de investigar qui n est detr s de la amenaza Tema la libertad de expresi n es un derecho fundamental y necesario.Y c mo funciona la novela Como distop a bastante bien, mejor que varias distop as convencionales El comisario Jensen act a como c mara y documentador de esta sociedad en la que no existe debate alguno La hip tesis fant stica est intr nsecamente relacionada con el tema, La relaci n con el argumento est un poco m s cogida con pinzas, pero entra dentro de lo coherente para querer bombardear la sede de una editorial basta con estar en contra de su l nea editorial, no es necesario que sea la nica existente El retrato de las consecuencias es evidente y queda claro que el origen se puede trazar al cambio planteado por el autor Como novela negra mal El caso tiene muy poco inter s, la investigaci n es apenas una excusa para mostrar distintos niveles de la sociedad y servir de excusa para que varios personajes puedan monologar durante la interrogaci n del comisario No existen callejones sin salida, ni giros, la nica dificultad para el comisario es el plazo que recibe arbitrariamente para finalizar la investigaci n La tensi n narrativa depende total y absolutamente de ese temporizador, todo lo que sucede alrededor es intrascendente Y hasta las ltimas 20 p ginas del libro no pasa nada realmente consecuente Como obra literaria fatal, de verdad, fatal Para empezar, el argumento no tiene relaci n con el tema y toda la carga tem tica se centra en las ltimas p ginas de la novela y en un personaje que acaba de aparecer Adem s, el protagonista no tiene absolutamente ninguna relaci n con el tema m s all de su dolor en el lado derecho del diafragma el h gado, vaya Pero ninguna, eso de que el protagonista debe sufrir un conflicto y un cambio debe de ser para autores decentes Por ltimo, da la sensaci n de que el libro fue escrito en dos periodos claramente diferenciados, sin proceso de correcci n relevante en la primera parte del libro algo m s de la mitad hay una ausencia total de referencias f sicas y resulta casi imposible situar al protagonista hay incluso una escena en la que el comisario est en su despacho y en el p rrafo siguiente est a mitad de camino, ad nde sorpresa La segunda parte se caracteriza por la obsesi n por especificar la hora que es en todo momento como en el primer cap tulo y por prescindir de cualquier subterfugio para ocultar el alcoholismo del protagonista es decir, olvidar que hasta entonces se hab a intentado disimular.Con todo, podr a haber dado dos estrellas al libro, pero la edici n en espa ol termina de hundir una obra de por s regular El uso de las palabras est ndar , eventualmente e inusual con el significado que tienen standard , eventually e inusual en ingl s me llev a pensar que la novela estaba mal traducida del ingl s en vez de del sueco Al ver que el traductor es especialista en traducci n directa del sueco me di cuenta de que lo que pasa es que no domina el espa ol De hecho, cuando vi que hab a traducido a Strindberg, fui a buscar mi edici n de La se orita Julia para asegurarme de que no hab a sido mutilada por l En una escena en la que el comisario va a entrevistar al director y entra a su despacho, es el editor el que hace algo, a pesar de que se le describe como al director y las referencias posteriores aclaran que se trata en efecto del director Porque cuidar la continuidad es de d biles Por suerte el estilo del autor es lac nico y pr cticamente todas las oraciones son simples, porque los l os que se hace con la puntuaci n en cuanto hay oraciones compuestas es como para que se lo haga mirar.

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    Aunque aparezca solo como novela polic aca la realidad es que este compendio de las dos novelas del comisario Jensen de Per Wahl es una mezcla casi 50 50 de este g nero con la CF dist pica, probablemente la clase de combinado que a m m s me satisface Y es que algo que hemos defendido los fans de ambos g neros es que son perfectos escalpelos con los que diseccionar la sociedad en la que vivimos y hacia la que vamos.Lo m s interesante de ambas novelas es, sin duda, el escenario Ambientada en un pa s sin nombre de reminiscencias claramente escandinavas, Wahl fabula con el ocaso de las famosas socialdemocracias n rdicas devenidas en una sociedad gobernada eternamente por el Consenso, una suerte de Gran Coalici n permanente que hace que todo funcione bien y sin fisuras si no fuera por los elevados ndices del alcoholismo, el alto n mero de suicidios oficialmente muertes repentinas y la baja natalidad Una suerte de sociedad m s parecida a la precrisis que a la de 2017 donde todo est bien hasta que uno se pone a mirar En este escenario se mueve el comisario Jensen, un polic a que no se cuestiona el sistema pero que, como muchos de sus hom logos de la novela negra europea, a veces se salta las rdenes para resolver el caso que trae entre manos.En Asesinato en la Planta 31 tiene que ver con amenazas a la sede del Consorcio, un megaconglomerado editorial y de comunicaci n que edita todas las publicaciones que se venden como un proceso fabril m s Todas ellas son controladas y dirigidas a una vida pl cida, feliz y sin sobresaltos La investigaci n de Jensen en busca del remitente de unos an nimos amenazadores sirve para mostrarnos el reverso tenebroso de ese remanso de paz y tranquilidad que es la sociedad del Consenso De alguna manera nos viene a decir que todo el Estado del Bienestar que hoy casi a oramos como un buc lico estado pastoril era un an stesico destinado a llevarnos bien, a esto m s o menos La investigaci n en s es un McGuffin para que Wahl se despache a gusto contra la prensa en general y no deja de resultarme curioso que un periodista de El Mundo comparase el proyecto de Podemos con lo que se nos muestra en esta novela Yo lo interpreto m s como una cr tica a El Mundo y en general la prensa actual S coincido en que a Wahl Podemos le habr a parecido criticable, pero por motivos bien distintos a los del citado art culo Asesinato en la planta 31, sin ser perfecta, funciona como un reloj y mantiene un equilibrio entre todos los aspectos que la hace muy muy disfrutable.El trampol n de acero intenta mantener el nivel, y durante buena parte de sus p ginas lo consigue En este caso tenemos una extra a epidemia que ha hecho cortar todas las comunicaciones del pa s sin que se sepa muy bien qu ha pasado A Jensen, que andaba en el extranjero por baja m dica, le encargan investigar lo sucedido Uniendo pasajes casi de postapocal ptico o historia de zombis con lo negro, la novela fracasa al intentar explicarlo todo Puede que me parezca manido, descabellado o simplemente que la cr tica al estamento m dico me parezca m s tra da por los pelos que la cr tica a la prensa, pero el final es anticlim tico y poco satisfactorio Iba a decir que clich , pero tampoco es que el de Asesinato en la planta 31 fuera muy sorpresivo Tal vez ese regusto final lastre un poco el volumen completo, pero ser a bastante injusto decir que no me lo he pasado muy bien mientras lo le a.Por eso lo adjudico un 4 La primera lo ser a, un 4,5 si me apuras, pero la segunda no la veo llegar al 3 y si hago la media decido tirar para arriba Al menos por la primera historia, una lectura bastante interesante para los fans de la novela polic aca y de la CF m s social como un servidor.

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    Mit Genuss habe ich viele der Krimis , die er zusammen mit seiner Frau geschrieben hat, gelesen Dieses war wohl sein Erstling Der Klappentext verspricht vielleicht sein wichtigstes Buch Vielleicht die Begr ndung f r diese Vermutung bleibt offen Die Sprache wirkt h zern, die Charaktere sind seltsam Eventuell h ngt das damit zusammen, dass die deutsche bersetzung auf der englischen Ausgabe beruht Das Ganze ist aus der Zeit gefallen Geschrieben 1964 in der Vergangenheistsform, spielt in einem nicht definierten sozialistischen Land in einer nach aussen rosigen Zeit Zukunft kein Science Fiction, aber sicher eine Sozial Fiktion aus Schweden.Seltsam.

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    Incredible to think how short time span the whole book is happening One week Well, it is so engaging it took me only a couple of days to read The dry humour and ridiculous characters one might meet during an ongoing investigation is incredibly entertaining The book sucks you into it and when you get to the last two pages you are so lost as to what the hell just happened, you have to read it all over again And then the after an incredible book depression hits Unless you got another great book lined up This is brilliant

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    A phlegmatic, digestively impaired detective in an anti intellectual socialist dystopia has seven days to figure out who sent a bomb threat to a large magazine publishing company with lots of chromium furniture Society has been so dumbed down that although magazines only dealt with princesses and how to make gingersnaps, they are above the readers heads I think the author is in favor of women s pubic hair, but I couldn t tell if the badger that frightened the children was supposed to be allegorical.

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    This is the second of Wahloo s futuristic novels I ve read I prefer his novels set in unnamed Latin American countries for a brilliant and astonishing novel of his, read A Necessary Action set in a village in Franco s Spain in the 1950 s.Jensen is completely colorless except for stomach pain, never explained hernia ulcer The novel has a strong narrative pull but is ultimately dissatisfying and even distasteful to this reader at least However, some aspects of the society seemed prescient a complete dumbing down entertainment as most important Alcoholism, suicide, low birthrate are considered the society s downside.

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