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Germany’s “Time” Magazine Puts Mike Nicol, Helon Habila on its Top Ten Krimis of 2012 List

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Alert! Germany’s Die Zeit Magazine – which, in that land, is similar to Time, whose name translates back to “Zeit”, as in Zeitgeist, as in the “defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time” (cf Google), as, in turn, in Zeitgeist Coffee, which is a place that Your Correspondent aspires to sip a cuppa in some day, because, in addition to serving a fab decaf latte (I need to drink more decaf), it also continues “to push the envelope of what people consider ‘art’“, just as crime novelists in South Africa continue to push the envelope of what people consider literature, and doesn’t that make for a neat segue back to my original point – has named krimis by Mike Nicol and Helon Habila in its round up of the top ten thrillers of 2012.

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Nicol’s Payback – the first book in his Revenge Trilogy – hit number eight on the list, while Habila’s Oil on Water made it all the way up to number two, pipped to the first spot only by Fred Vargas’ The Night of Rage. (The Night of Rage… really?).

Congratulations to both! Now, amuse yourselves with the Google translations of the blurbs of their books:

2 Helon Habila: Oil on Water
From the English by Thomas Brückner, The Wunderhorn, 240 pp., € 24.80 Port Harcourt / Niger Delta. Everyday life in the Delta: Engineer woman kidnapped, ransom paid, “insurgents” killed, oil continues to flow. Helplessly journalists Rufus and Zaq, unaware dying participating observer. Travel – not the heart of darkness, sources of profit for the shell. Powerlessness, anger. Relentlessly sad.

8 Mike Nicol: Payback

From English by Mechthild Barth, btb, 574 pp., € 9.99 Cape Town / Luanda. The liberation struggle were Mace and Pylon arms dealer, now, in a democracy, they earn money peaceful. Old debts to them will be presented. The kidnapping of Mace’s daughter is just the beginning. First volume of “revenge trilogy”. Relentlessly harsh wind from South Africa. Mercilessly well.

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  • <a href="http://book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Ben - Editor</a>
    Ben - Editor
    January 4th, 2013 @07:49 #
     
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    Egad, I've been busted by a gentleman called Billy van Rensburg for not doing my homework. Billy wrote to Mike Nicol:

    "Just a quickie. Maybe you could contact Ben at the Website that hailed Die Zeit as the German Time mag. Die Zeit is in fact a highly respected weekly newspaper from Hamburg with the likes of Helmut Schmid on the Board. Still all Kudos to you for being on their top ten Krimi list. Just felt that your man Ben should have done his homework!"

    Not being the kind not to do my homework, I went back to Zeit.de to see where I went wrong in mis-identifying it as Germany's Time.

    It quickly became clear: I was reading the translated version of the website, in which "Zeit Magazin" became "Time Magazine" and "ZeitWissen" became "Time". See screenshot:

    http://screencast.com/t/3VMDVonY0h

    My apologies for the error; I've amended the post text slightly.

    Meantime, as Die Zeit seems to have a rep in Germany similar to the one Time enjoys in the US, I've left the post headline intact.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    January 4th, 2013 @12:18 #
     
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    Well done, both! From now on I shall refer to Mike as the "Relentlessly harsh wind from South Africa."

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  • <a href="http://crimebeat.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Mike Nicol</a>
    Mike Nicol
    January 4th, 2013 @16:23 #
     
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    Thank you, Richard. I am also partial to the "Literary Antichrist" - a title bestowed on me by a disgruntled South African reviewer.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    January 4th, 2013 @17:31 #
     
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    Good heavens, that's relentlessly harsh. Were you stealing the souls of budding writers with your krimi goodness?

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    January 4th, 2013 @23:41 #
     
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    I suspect the person who dubbed Mike the "literary Antichrist" may have been a cat lover. I myself would like a little word with Mike on this matter (yes! I went into Kalk Bay Books, laid out hard cash for Payback, and read the whole thing, even if I did need trauma counselling thereafter). Seriously, I'm absolutely thrilled -- this is well-deserved, and I hope it translates into fat royalty cheques. Even if I have now crossed Germany off my "to visit" list for EVER. I don't think they like kittens there.

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  • <a href="http://crimebeat.book.co.za/" rel="nofollow">Mike Nicol</a>
    Mike Nicol
    January 5th, 2013 @12:46 #
     
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    The survivor cat comes in for much love and attention in the following two books, Helen.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    January 5th, 2013 @20:43 #
     
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    Dammit. Now I will have to read them. (Actually, I've been dying to, but also pieperig. *braces self*)

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