Category: Books

Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt: Gazing back at men

Book review M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway In Western thought, there’s a longstanding gap between the world of the humanities and that of the sciences. British scientist and novelist C.P. Snow saw that gap...

Staalesen

Staalesen still wows

Book review Thor A. Larsen Fishkill, N.Y. Gunnar Staalesen has been writing crime novels for more than 40 years. Private detective Varg Veum, protagonist of his first crime novel, is back in Big Sister....

The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn

Book review Thor A. Larsen Fishkill, N.Y. Agnes Ravatn is a new Norwegian novelist for me and after reading her first novel translated into English, I look forward to future works by this up...

Badda’s Buddy

Book review Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Lois Tonnessen Andersen is a visual artist living in Concord, Mass. She works in a variety of media and most recently self-published a children’s book. The book, which...

Tales of Norway

Move aside, cotton-candy haired trolls

Tales from Norway: of Vikings, Gods, Giants and Trolls tells Norse mythology like it is Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. It is nice to have a children’s book dedicated to Norwegian mythology rooted in fact....

Jo Nesbø’s latest thriller is a classic

The Norwegian noir writer provides his take on Shakespeare’s MacBeth Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. The best-selling Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbø was the perfect choice to rewrite one of literature’s most famous tales...

Sandhamn murders

Why not sample Swedish crime?

Viveca Sten’s Sandhamn Murders—either as books or TV—make perfect påskekrim Christine Foster Meloni Washington, D.C. Of course, our focus here at The Norwegian American tends to be on Norwegian writers. But Norway’s Nordic neighbors...

Dive Headlong into this 21-book series

Book review Melinda Bargreen Everett, Wash. Mystery buffs and Anglophiles: if you haven’t encountered Bill Slider yet, you have a feast of reading ahead of you. The prolific, tongue-in-cheek British author Cynthia Harrod-Eagles has...

“Here they can still tell stories”

Newly translated book of Sámi folktales makes wonderful—if sometimes eerie—reading Barbara Sjoholm Port Townsend, Wash. About 100 years ago, an adventurous young Danish artist decided to take a vacation in Lapland with her sister....

Historian Odd Lovoll on his Two Homelands

Book review Judith Gabriel Vinje Los Angeles, Calif. The first immigrants from Norway sailed into New York harbor on their sloop “Restauration” on Oct. 9, 1825, after a grueling voyage of 14 weeks. During...