Friday, February 29, 2008
Backstock wasn't on sale for the most part, but there was a pretty large selection of hardcovers at heavily reduced prices, stacked by subject all over the center portion of the store. I had to fight my way through the crowds for about half an hour before I found the English section: Bob Dylan bios, some History of Rock coffee table books, and a couple of art books, all priced about half of normal (which made them only a little more than I would have expected to pay for them full price in the States). The Swedish language selection was impressive, though. Anyone need a copy of Harry Potter och Dödsrelikerna for a low, low 99 SEK? Yeah, me either, although it is oddly tempting. The first few volumes of the Lemony Snicket books were there in Swedish, which surprised me—Scandinavian literature is so pessimistic and grim that the lives of the Baudelaire orphans must seem pretty run of the mill. There were some interesting looking cookbooks, and plenty of bar guides (as if anyone could afford to stock a home bar in this country), and lot's of Baltic history, plus a smattering of books I recognized but translated into Swedish.
My new goal: learn just enough Swedish to justify buying at least one decent cookbook next February.