Category: Books

Amalie Skram

Amalie Skram meets the 21st century

Translations of the 19th-century Norwegian novelist introduce her to new audiences Barbara Sjoholm Port Townsend, Wash. Three Norwegian novels: A pretty, high-spirited singer at Copenhagen’s Tivoli captures the heart of a gentleman who hopes...

Shipwrecked Lives

Book review Rosalie Grosch Arden Hills, Minn. For the passengers on The Empress of Ireland, one of the prestigious passenger liners belonging to the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), the ominous blasts of the ship’s...

Cabin Book from Hell

Norwegian comedian’s book details his reluctant attempt to love the outdoors M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Are Kalvø (1969- ) was born and grew up in Stranda, a municipality in the Sunn­møre region of...

No troll stories here

Book review: Norwegian Trolls & Rosemaling Doug Warne KKNW Scandinavian Hour Okay, I admit it: when I first noticed the title and then the cover of this book, I was hooked on the idea...

An interview with J. L. Oakley

Meet the author Christine Foster Meloni Washington Christine Foster Meloni: What sparked your interest in the Nazi occupation of Norway? J. L. Oakley: My interest in Norway actually goes back to a dream I...

The Jøssing Affair

Book review Christine Foster Meloni Washington We can often learn more from a well-researched and -written historical novel than from a scholarly book by an eminent historian. This is certainly the case with J....

An atypical betrayal

Book review John Sealy’s The Betrayal of Norway, published this spring, is surprisingly less about Quisling in WWII than the historically fictional account of Captain Wilhelm Schmidt of the German occupation force, who arrived...

The Saboteur

The Saboteur

Book review Thor A. Larsen Fishkill, N.Y. The incredible feat in 1943 by Norwegian saboteurs to destroy the cylinders of “heavy water” being created at the hydroelectric power plant in Vemork, near Rjukan, has...

The Boy at the Door

Boy is a new must-read Nordic Noir

Book review Janell Pape Bradley Wadena, Iowa Alex Dahl’s first novel, The Boy at the Door, released this July in both Norwegian and English, has been described as a gritty novel of psychological suspense....

Norwegian American summer reading

Summer reading guide 2018: staff picks

Need a book? Arm yourself against boredom with summer reading recommendations from The Norwegian American staff! We recommend: The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt Artist Harriet Burden has had scant success in the New...