Swedish reviews of contemporary Russian novels published in Swedish translation 1994-2020

SND-ID: 2024-63. Version: 1. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5878/2maz-cm70


Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Malin Podlevskikh Carlström - University of Gothenburg orcid

Research principal

University of Gothenburg - Department of Languages and Literatures rorId


The data material consists of a detailed description of a review corpus used in order to analyze the reception of Russian literature in Sweden. The reviews are protected by copyright and may not be made available. Therefore, the data instead contains a complete specification of the review database, information regarding how the reviews have been classified, and finally, information about the authors, translators, critics and media sources related to the material.

Data contains personal data


Type of personal data

Names (already published) of authors, translators and reviewers of Russian novels published in Swedish 1994-2020.


Method and outcome

Unit of analysis


Swedish reviews of first editions of contemporary Russian novels published in Swedish translation 1994-2020. "Contemporary" is here defined as published in Russia after 1991. "Russian novels" are here defined as works originally written in Russian by Russian authors.

Time Method

Sampling procedure

Total universe/Complete enumeration
The review database includes reviews published in newspapers as well as non-specialized journals and magazines (both online and print). Two Swedish media databases, Svenska Dagstidningar and Mediearkivet, have been used to locate reviews for the 72 post-Soviet novels. In total 590 reviews were identified, of which 377 were included in the review corpus. Only independent reviews (not combinations of a review and an author interview) have been included in the review corpus. Furthermore, only one review per critic and novel have been included in the corpus. In cases when a critic has sent versions of the same review to different newspapers, publication date (earliest) and in some cases review availability (in full-text database) have determined which review was included. Finally, a few very short reviews without reflection have not been included in the corpus.

Time period(s) investigated

1994 – 2020



Data format / data structure

Data collection
Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Sweden

Geographic description: Information about reviews published in national and regional Swedish media sources.

Administrative information

Responsible department/unit

Department of Languages and Literatures

Topic and keywords

Research area

Humanities and the arts (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Languages and literature (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Specific literatures (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)

Other humanities not elsewhere specified (Standard för svensk indelning av forskningsämnen 2011)


Carlström, M. P. (2024). It’s all about Russia: the reception of contemporary Russian literature in Sweden. Perspectives, 1–15. https://doi.org/10.1080/0907676X.2024.2342271
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0907676X.2024.2342271

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Version 1. 2024-04-24

Version 1: 2024-04-24

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5878/2maz-cm70

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Published: 2024-04-24
Last updated: 2024-04-25