October 28, 2012 |
Phantom A novel Jo Nesbo Knopf, 400 pp., $25.95 Jo Nesbo, whose crime thrillers have sold more than 10 million copies in Europe and the U.S., has been anointed as the latest king of Scandinavian noir, the heir to the addictive-page-turning throne left vacant by the death of Stieg Larsson. But reading his books in Los Angeles brings to mind a different archetypal noir figure: Michael Connelly's tortured LAPD detective Harry Bosch. Nesbo's detective, who is featured in nine of his 16 books, including his latest, "Phantom," is also named Harry.
October 15, 2012 |
BOGOTA, Colombia - Among the many thorny issues to be hammered out in peace talks beginning Wednesday in Oslo between Colombia's government and the country's largest rebel group is what sort of post-conflict political role will be afforded to the insurgents. Guaranteeing a political voice for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, is one of the five main issues in the talks, which are to begin in the Norwegian capital and then move to Havana. The other points to be negotiated are agrarian reform, victims' rights, an end to the rebels' alleged drug trafficking and logistics for stopping the conflict.
June 1, 2012
'Oslo, August 31st' No MPAA rating; in Norwegian with English subtitles Running time: 1 hour, 36 minutes Playing: At Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex, Santa Monica; Laemmle's Playhouse 7, Pasadena; Laemmle's Town Center 5, Encino
May 2, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Sometimes beauty is trumped by the beast. After bullish expectations and an aggressive marketing campaign for an image considered the quintessential expression of modern horror, Sotheby'sNew York sold Edvard Munch's 1895 “The Scream” for $119.9 million on Wednesday night, setting a record for the most expensive artwork sold at auction. The top spot was previously held by Picasso's 1932 “Nude, Green, Leave and Bust” -- a painting of his much-younger lover Marie-Therese Walter that sold at Christie's in 2010 for $106.5 million.
November 29, 2011 |
A psychiatric evaluation has found that Anders Behring Breivik, the man who killed 77 people in Norway in July, was clinically insane at the time of the attacks, prosecutors said Tuesday. The finding could pave the way for psychiatric treatment instead of a prison sentence for the right-wing, anti-Muslim militant, according to Norwegian law. After hours of interviews with Breivik, two forensic psychiatrists concluded that he was a paranoid schizophrenic who operated in his own "delusional universe," prosecutor Svein Holden told reporters in Oslo, the capital.
July 28, 2011 |
The sandy-haired young man runs his finger over an orange wristband with the word "Utoya," a leftover ID bracelet from the Labor Party youth camp where 68 people, mostly teenage activists, were gunned down last week. "I can't take it off," Vegard Groslie Wennesland says softly, seated at a cafe in central Oslo where broken glass was still being cleared from the separate car bombing that terrorism suspect Anders Behring Breivik also admits to committing. Tragedy is transforming the lives of young Norwegians — and in many cases, such as that of the 27-year-old Workers' Youth League member, strengthening their resolve.