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0152 Spelet är slut

October 29, 2011
  • Title: Spelet är slut
  • English Title: Game Over
  • Canon: Death Trap
  • Language: Swedish
  • Country: Sweden
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1958
  • Publisher: Wahlströms
  • Collection: Manhattan
  • Collection #: 70
  • Cover Artist: Bertil Hegland

 

Ah, the random number generator has dialed up Death Trap again, although this time disguised with a Swedish title that just brings out the junior high boy in me. And if it’s Swedish, you know the cover was drawn by Bertil Hegland, my favorite Scandinavian whipping boy.

Let’s start off playing nice. I’m a sucker for shadows, and the shading on the girl’s skirt and legs is very good. Although the picture is too dark to be sure, Bertil might have kept the one-shoe-off motif that is starting to intrigue me into re-reading this book. In English,  thank you. Is that dark area next to her left foot a shoe or a shadow?

Ok, enough with the nice stuff. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that she’s supposed to be lying on a hay bale or an unkempt lawn, but it brings back memories of my parents’ living room shag rug after I dropped the bug killer on it. After eating an incompletely cooked piece of chicken that night, I had nightmares of each tendril in the rug wriggling towards me and crying “I’m hungry!” in high, tinny voices.

If that’s not a ferret sleeping on her head, I’ll eat my fedora.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am a Swedish paperback version of A Deadly Shade of Gold, titled Farligt byte (Dangerous Change), printed in 1966 by Wahlströms as Komet 149.

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