Category: Books

Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon

Book review Andy Meyer The Norwegian American Before even opening Michael Engelhard’s 2017 book, Ice Bear, the reader knows they’re in for an adventure. The large-format book, published by University of Washington Press, is...

Knausgaard’s Winter follows Autumn

Book review Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. Winter (2018), the second volume of Knausgaard’s seasonal quartet, is identical in organization to Autumn (2017). It is divided into the three winter months, December, January, and February,...

The Hills Reply

Book review Leif Larson Brooklyn, N.Y. Seated outside a cafe in Bergen, I slid a book across the table to my godfather, Svein. “Ahh, Tarjei Vesaas,” he said ponderously as if he hadn’t thought...

Autumn

Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard

Book review Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. Karl Ove Knausgaard is a prolific writer, and the variety in his areas of interest is remarkable. His best known work is, of course, his six-volume autobiographical...

Asbjørnsen & More

Cultural context & social interaction

Tiina Nunnally’s translation of Asbjørnsen and Moe speaks to us anew Ericka Michael Puyallup, Wash. The Complete and Original Norwegian Folktales of Asbjørnsen and Moe is a beautiful new translation from the orignal Norwegian...

Shark Drunk

Book review Andy Meyer The Norwegian American I admit that I was disappointed, even a little frustrated, when I first learned that the title for the English translation of Morton Strøksnes’ Brage Prize-winning book...

Wendy Swallow

Searching for Nora

A novel sequel to Ibsen’s classic Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. Wendy Swallow is the latest in a long line of writers searching for Nora. Why this fascination to find Nora, a woman who...

The Trumpet of Nordland

Book review Andy Meyer The Norwegian American As a scholar of literature, I’ve long been susceptible to Romantic impulses, so it should come as no surprise that I am drawn to the northern reaches...

No surrender

No Surrender

Book review M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway No Surrender is a new translation into English of Vi ga oss ikke (literally “We didn’t surrender”), a first hand story told in 1945 by Hans Cappelen...