The top three titles on Sweden’s fiction list in April were all in new positions, including Kristina Ohlsson’s Hostage. Ohlsson published her first book in the U.S. in February 2012 with Atria—Unwanted, a mystery cited for “superior prose, plotting, and characterization” in its starred review from PW. Sweden’s top title, Sacrifice to Moloch, is by Åsa Larsson, who has also published in the U.S., including 2008’s The Black Path (Delta), which received a star from PW.
2010 Nobel winner Mario Vargas Llosa’s The Civilization of Entertainment made its debut at #2 on the Spanish nonfiction chart last month. Vargas Llosa, who has written across a number of genres including criticism, historical novels, murder mysteries, and political thrillers, this time writes about his unease that arts have been reduced to chaos. He argues that frivolity and entertainment have led to a breakdown of the cultural order. The book ahead of Vargas Llosa on Spain’s chart is The Family Meal by Ferran Adrià, chef at the now closed elBulli, which was published in the U.S. in October 2011 by Phaidon Press and is still selling well.
France’s #2 fiction title is Marc Levy’s If I Had to Do It Again. Levy has had worldwide success, including in the U.S., where his book If Only It Were True was originally published in 2005 by Atria before becoming the source material for the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy Just Like Heaven. In total, he has sold more than 17 million copies.