I år är det 30 år sedan som ”Ondskans år” hade premiär på Sveriges Television TV2. En serie om nazismen i Sverige under 40-talet. Man kunde tro att världen har blivit klokare och förändrats sedan dess, vilket förvisso har skett men vissa saker tyvärr till det sämre. Vi var förbannade när flera av seriens skådespelare, bl.a Marika Lindström och Ingvar Hirdvall, fick hatbrev av nazistsympatisörer. Den kväll som första avsnitt sändes fick polisen hot om att Nacka masten skulle s...prängas och jag fick så pass allvarliga anonyma hotsamtal att en polisbil placerades vid grinden till vårt hem. Idag när serien åter visas på SVT-Öppet Arkiv tom den 27 april, kan den nya generationen få en inblick i den del av vår svenska historia som inte är något att vara stolt över. Idag mer än någonsin känns det angeläget att Ondskans år repriseras, inte bara i Öppet Arkiv. Nu när högerextremisterna blivit rumsrena och de bruna krafterna visar sina muskler är det viktigt att vi inte glömmer.
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TRIÁNGULO DE ESPÍAS
The mysterious murder of a young Russian woman in Stockholm spikes an operational alert at Säpo (Sweden’s,,Security/Counterintelligence/Counterterro-rism police). However, the first step from Säpo is an attempt to lay a smoke screen around the crime. Stig Bohman, a Counterintelligence Officer at Säpo, is responsible for obstructing the police work initiated by Police Commissioner Gunnar Jansson and his assistant Anna Palmqvist. What could be the reason behind Säpo’s obstructionist effort? While the Swedish media is referring to the murdered girl as “merely an Eastern European prostitute,” it turns out that, in reality, she is the daughter of Alvaro Espinosa, a Colonel with the Cuban Intelligence, who is willing to defect in Europe and sell highly classified information regarding the Cuban regime, in exchange for political asylum.
From this enticing prelude on, Spy Triangle wisely unfolds a vibrant and shifting plot of loyalties and disloyalties. The doubts and indecisions of the Swedish and North American governments serve to heighten the tension and complicate the action. Doubts from the Swedes have to do with their reticence to see themselves involved in an obscure stratagem of international espionage. The Americans, meanwhile, don’t want to roil the imminent reestablishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba.
In Spy Triangle, Cuban-Swedish writer H.L. Guerra retakes the protagonists of The Traitor from Prague, his well-received previous novel that the Miami Herald regarded as “a Spanish language milestone of the espionage genre.” As such, twenty years later, Javier Püig is reunited in Havana with his old friend, Cuban double-agent Mario Paredes. Even though both men are by now retired, a serious national security threat, involving a desperate CIA attempt, becomes the cause behind their sudden reactivation in what unfolds as a complex network of political intrigue.
Spy Triangle manages to thrust us in the middle of an elaborate and exciting three-way game in which the questionable behavior of agents from the intelligence services of Cuba, the United States, and even North Korea, produce acts that expose the murky realities of foreign policy and allow us to see mind-bending episodes in which countries like the United States, Sweden, or Spain fight against the illegal sale of weapons, the Russian mafia or a possible nuclear threat from a communist regime.
H.L. Guerra’s Spy Triangle is a vibrant and gripping story that captivates the reader by its verisimilitude from its opening to its last page.
The Miami Herald (Review)
By Manuel C. Díaz
November 11, 2016
Spy Triangle is a great espionage novel. I cannot find a better way to describe it. It is written meticulously, as an artisan, and in its plot, despite tackling complex issues like the illegal sale of weapons to terrorist countries, there are no loose ends. In the end, thanks to an unexpected plot twist, all pieces fall into place, and all in the context of a plot involving the intelligence services of Cuba, North Korea and the United States. With this novel, H.L Guerra has once again demonstrated, as he did in The Traitor from Prague, that spies do not have to emerge from the cold. They can come from the heat of the tropics. Actually, they are already doing it. After all, they are only ninety miles from us.
H.L. Guerra (Humberto López y Guerra) is a Cuban-Swedish writer with a long and distinguished trajectory as a filmmaker. An alumni of the School of Cinematography of Bablesberg, Germany, he has directed more than 20 documentaries and television series, including the internationally acclaimed Federico García Lorca: Murder in Granada (1980); Arrabal (1978), a Prix Italia winner; the Emmy-nominated The Long Sentence (1981); Castro’s Cuba, the most complete series on 1980’s Cuba; and Ondskans år (The Evil Years), winner of the Best Series award by the Scandinavian TV network Nordvision; among many others.
In 2012 he published The Traitor from Prague, (Editorial Verbum, Madrid). It was among the ten most sold novels that year according to The Miami Herald (Spanish edition) whose critics described it as “a milestone in the genre of espionage in Spanish language literature”. In 2015, it was selected as one of the twenty-five best books sold in Mexico, according to the cultural weekly review of the Mexican newspaper "La Razón".
H.L.Guerra signing after the presentation at The Miami International Book Fair 2016.
Miami Book Fair International 2016
On Thursday, November 19, 2016, H.L. Guerra presented with great success his new novel Spy Triangle, the second entry of the trilogy that begun with The Traitor from Prague, at The Miami Book Fair, the finest annual literary festival in the United States.
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