Summer Reading List: Jar City

The UC Berkeley Summer Reading List is an annual compilation of recommended (though not required) readings suggested by Cal faculty, staff, and students as a welcome to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

This week we take a closer look at

Jar City

Arnaldur Indridason

New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2005

“Our department teaches introductory courses in Scandinavian culture (literature, film, art), and we welcome freshmen to join us in Scandinavian 60 (focusing on early Scandinavia — aka Vikings) and Scandinavian 75 (modern Scandinavia). Here are a couple of titles [See also previous post for Hrafnkel’s Saga.] from our syllabi:

Jar City is a detective thriller set in contemporary Iceland. The sale of the Icelandic people’s genetic information to a for-profit research company caused a controversy about the ethics surrounding privacy and health. Indridason’s first mystery novel poses the question: What would happen if a criminal abused his access to that database?”

— Linda Rugg, Professor, Scandinavian

This post was contributed by

Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs

Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

Jonathan Garrett Site designer, Doe & Moffitt Libraries