ENGLISH

The Looters 

Mere days after the surrender of Nazi Germany an incredible discovery was made. Deep inside the Altaussee salt mine in the Austrian Alps allied troops uncovered one of the greatest collections of art ever found: thousands of masterpieces by Rembrandt, Rubens, Michelangelo and many more. The discovery exposed the largest art heist in history. Between 1933 and 1945 the Nazis stole literally millions of antiquities and works of art. On direct orders from Hitler, specially trained troops were deployed across Europe with the explicit aim to plunder art. After the war much of the stolen art was found in Altaussee and numerous other sites, but more than 100 000 works disappeared. These works have started resurfacing in the last decade, and many are on display in the world’s premier art institutions and museums in Paris, New York and Berlin.  In The Looters Anders Rydell seeks the roots of the Nazis’ obsession with culture, and how art was at the very heart of politics in the Third Reich. Rydell traces the roots back to the 1800s, when the aesthetic ideals of Romanticism where fused with the concepts of race that had sprung up in Darwin’s wake. Ideas that would form the foundation of National Socialism. Rydell also follows the dramatic and embittered restitution processes in Europe, Russia and the US. Restitutions that have caused heated debate and diplomatic crises. It is about the descendants moral right to their past, about art valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, and about American lawyers that hunt down looted art with the aim of making big money.

Anders Rydell (b. 1982) is an established journalist, editor and author of nonfiction. He is the editor-in-chief at art publication Konstnären (The Artist) as well as a regular contributor to several of Sweden’s major business, current affairs and culture magazines. He is also the author of four books on subjects ranging from contemporary pop culture and online piracy, to fine art looted by the Nazis. In addition, Anders Rydell successfully runs an ‘idea and production agency’ that creates, develops and produces magazines, exhibitions, films and debate forums.

The rights have been sold to: Czech Republic (Euromedia), Estonia (Hea Lugu), Germany (Campus), Hungary (Alexandra), Lithuania (Versus Aureus), Netherlands (Atlas Contact), Poland (Albatros), Russia (AST), Sweden (Ordfront).

Litterary Agent: Salomonsson Agency

 

REVIEWS

”The Looters is a thrilling, incessantly interesting and rattling depiction of the Nazis’ fanatic interest in art, both in theory and practice /…/ It is an incredibly captivating book, skillfully narrated, educational, suspenseful and upsetting.”
Skånska Dagbladet (Sweden)

”In impressive detail Rydell recounts all the complicated turns of the looting /…/ It is too late for the August Prize, but the book really is a so-called eye-opener, and succeeds in combining solid history writing with excellent reportage.”
Göteborgsposten (Sweden)

”My favorite! Suspenseful like a thriller, elucidating like a truth commission. Anders Rydell has written a brilliant book.”
Ingalill Mosander, Aftonbladet (Sweden)

”This non-fiction book is just as suspenseful as a fictitious thriller /…/ An admirable and deeply fascinating reportage of sky-high international class.”
Rolf Nilsén, Norrbottens-Kuriren (Sweden)

”Anders Rydell demonstrates profound knowledge in addition to the story flowing forth like a well-written thriller /…/ A brilliant book.”
Sydsvenskan (Sweden)

”Rydell has written an utterly excellent book … quite a pioneering deed /…/ Interesting and well worth reading!”
Antik & Aktion (Sweden)

”This is vital reading in order to comprehend what was a combination of Nazi culture policy and extermination … There is also a highly interesting contemporary depiction here /…/ The book is a piece of wide-ranging cultural history.”
Aftonbladet (Sweden)

”I am impressed by Anders Rydell’s knowledge acquisition and smooth review of the international literature about the art thefts… He provides vivid descriptions of the race between different looting organizations and the Nazi leaders’ rivalry regarding the finest art /…/ At the same time Rydell narrates effectively. The part about how the German central bank financed its luxury purchases in Paris actually made me cry”
Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)

”A detailed account of the looting is more than welcome /…/ Anders Rydell’s The Looters is based on an awe-inspiring examination of existing material and is written with a fluent and talented pen.”
Expressen (Sweden)

”The question of restitution will probably never be entirely settled. That is the sad but inevitable conclusion that Anders Rydell comes to after his highly fascinating account.”
Jönköpingsposten

”Anders Rydell skillfully depicts a very dark time, placing it all into context. He helps us understand the value of knowing your history”
Närkes Allehanda (Sweden)

”Anders Rydell competently writes about the restitution process, the recovery of art works and entire collections after the war /…/ Rydell adds another piece to the puzzle, which aims the searchlight at ourselves.”
Norrbottens-Kuriren (Sweden)

”Anders Rydell has written a detailed and suspenseful depiction of how this huge art theft was organized /…/ The book is written in a suspenseful and engaged style and one can tell that Rydell has had solid source material to work with.”
Tidningen Kulturen (Sweden)

”Rydell’s accessible style of writing is sometimes just as suspenseful as a thriller /…/ By focusing on one part of the Nazi tyranny, Rydell succeeds in giving a vivid picture of The Brown Dictatorship.”
Norrköpings Tidningar (Sweden)

”Rydell has written an utterly excellent book. Suspensful, sober and illuminating.”
Kulturdelen (Sweden)

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