Year: 2013

Dead Romans and the power of fiction in history

An essay I wrote for a Finnish publication: Dead Romans and the power of fiction in history.

Dead Romans and Mohamed 2.0 Christmas Deal

Are you still looking for a Christmas gift for someone? How about the gift of literature? My American publisher Stairway Press is running a promotion where you can buy a book and get a personalised Christmas card from the author

Why Dead Romans makes the perfect Christmas gift

Tired of wandering apathetically through malls trying to find the perfect gift? Here are ten reasons why you should buy Dead Romans for anyone and everyone this Christmas. 10) Hot female celebrities love it. I would totally do anyone who

The Real Panthea

Although Dead Romans is fiction, one of the main characters was a real person. We only have a couple of sources that describe Panthea, the mistress of the Roman Emperor Lucius Verus. All of these sources influenced The Mistress’ Story,

Dead Romans miscellanea

In the era of Facebook and Instagram many people tend to document everything they do, including what they are reading. This can be pretty cool when you discover people are sharing pictures of your book. Here are a couple I

How Dead Romans came to be

Early in 2012, after Mohamed 2.0 was complete but before it was published, the literary director of my Finnish publisher suggested a new book. It would be another nonfiction book about business. I was hesitant. Business was the only thing

Dead Romans cover

I am delighted to unveil the cover of Dead Romans.

Jonathan Franzen and historical fiction

I give my first public comments about my upcoming book Dead Romans in the blog of Stairway Press. While I’m at it, I argue with Jonathan Franzen.

Mohamed 2.0 on Amazon

I am delighted to announce that Stairway Press has teamed up with Schildts & Söderströms to offer Mohamed 2.0 in America. It is now available on Amazon. As of right now, there are no reviews. So if you have read

Kafka’s aftermath of a rape

I had a problem: I didn’t have a book to read this weekend. I finished Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian on Friday, but wouldn’t get Jonas Jonasson’s The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared until early next week.