Best Scandinavian Literature Books

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1. Nordic Tales: Folktales from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark (Nordic Folklore and Stories, Illustrated Nordic Book for Teens and Adults) (Tales of)

Author: by Chronicle Books
Chronicle Books
English
168 pages

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Nordic Tales is a collection of 16 traditional tales from the enchanting world of Nordic folklore. Translated and transcribed by folklorists in the 19th century, these stories are at once magical, hilarious, cozy, and chilling. Welcome to a world of mystical adventurewhere trolls haunt the snowy forests, terrifying monsters roam the open sea, a young woman journeys to the end of the world, and a boy proves he knows no fear.

Offers a fascinating view into Nordic culture The tales come alive alongside bold, contemporary art Part of the popular Tales series, featuring Tales of Japan, Celtic Tales, Tales of India, and Tales of East AfricaNordic Tales will enthrall fans of fairytales and captivate those interested in the rich history of Nordic culture.

Ulla Thynell’s glowing contemporary illustrations accompany each tale, conjuring dragons, princesses, and the northern lights. A visually gorgeous book that will be at home on the shelf or on the coffee table A perfect gift for fairy tale and folklore lovers, fans of Nordic culture, people of Nordic ancestry, collectors of illustrated classics, and bibliophiles looking for a comforting wintertime read Add it to the collection of books like D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire, Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, and Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton.


2. The Poetic Edda

Author: by Lee M. Hollander
0292764995
University of Texas Press
English

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The Poetic Edda comprises a treasure trove of mythic and spiritual verse holding an important place in Nordic culture, literature, and heritage. Its tales of strife and death form a repository, in poetic form, of Norse mythology and heroic lore, embodying both the ethical views and the cultural life of the North during the late heathen and early Christian times.

Collected by an unidentified Icelander, probably during the twelfth or thirteenth century, The Poetic Edda was rediscovered in Iceland in the seventeenth century by Danish scholars. Even then its value as poetry, as a source of historical information, and as a collection of entertaining stories was recognized.

This meticulous translation succeeds in reproducing the verse patterns, the rhythm, the mood, and the dignity of the original in a revision that Scandinavian Studies says “may well grace anyone’s bookshelf.”


3. Growth of the Soil (Penguin Classics)

Author: by Knut Hamsun
Penguin Classics
English
352 pages

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The epic novel of man and nature that won its author the Nobel Prize in Literature, in the first new English translation in more than ninety years A Penguin Classic When it was first published in 1917, Growth of the Soil was immediately recognized as a masterpiece.

Ninety years later it remains a transporting literary experience. In the story of Isak, who leaves his village to clear a homestead and raise a family amid the untilled tracts of the Norwegian back country, Knut Hamsun evokes the elemental bond between humans and the land.

Newly translated by the acclaimed Hamsun scholar Sverre Lyngstad, Hamsun’s novel is a work of preternatural calm, stern beauty, and biblical powerand the crowning achievement of one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.


4. On the Bright Side: The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 Years Old

Author: by Hendrik Groen
B07F668M58
Grand Central Publishing
March 19, 2019

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An unmissable collection of eight unconventional and captivating short stories for young and adult learners.”I love Olly’s work – and you will too!” – Barbara Oakley, PhD, Author of New York Times bestseller A Mind for NumbersShort Stories in Norwegian for Beginners has been written especially for students from beginner to intermediate level, designed to give a sense of achievement, and most importantly – enjoyment!

Mapped to A2-B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference, these eight captivating stories will both entertain you, and give you a feeling of progress when reading. What does this book give you? Eight stories in a variety of exciting genres, from science fiction and crime to history and thriller – making reading fun, while you learn a wide range of new vocabulary Controlled language at your level, including the 1000 most frequent words, to help you progress confidently Authentic spoken dialogues, to help you learn conversational expressions and improve your speaking ability Pleasure!


6. The Hávamál: The Words Of Odin

Author: by Saemund Sigfusson
B08DC5YF51
English
75 pages

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Hvaml is presented as a single poem in the Codex Regius, a collection of Old Norse poems from the Viking age. The poem, itself a combination of numerous shorter poems, is largely gnomic, presenting advice for living, proper conduct and wisdom.

It is our most important source on Old Norse philosophy. The verses are attributed to Odin; the implicit attribution to Odin facilitated the accretion of various mythological material also dealing with the same deity.


7. Short Stories in Swedish for Beginners (Teach Yourself)

Author: by Olly Richards
Teach Yourself
English
224 pages

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An unmissable collection of eight unconventional and captivating short stories for young and adult learners.”I love Olly’s work – and you will too!” – Barbara Oakley, PhD, Author of New York Times bestseller A Mind for NumbersShort Stories in Swedish for Beginners has been written especially for students from beginner to intermediate level, designed to give a sense of achievement, and most importantly – enjoyment!

Mapped to A2-B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference, these eight captivating stories will both entertain you, and give you a feeling of progress when reading. What does this book give you? Eight stories in a variety of exciting genres, from science fiction and crime to history and thriller – making reading fun, while you learn a wide range of new vocabulary Controlled language at your level, including the 1000 most frequent words, to help you progress confidently Authentic spoken dialogues, to help you learn conversational expressions and improve your speaking ability Pleasure!


8. Edda (Everyman's Library)

Author: by Snorri Sturluson
Everyman Paperbacks
English
288 pages

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“But the king’s heart swells, bulging with courage in battle, where heroes sink down” Over a period of twenty years Snorri Sturluson, scholar, courtier and poet, compiled the prose Edda as a textbook for young poets who wished to praise kings.

His work surveys the content, style and metres of traditional Viking poetry and includes a lengthy poem of Snorrie’s own, honoring the king of Norway. Ironically, Snorri was killed in his cellar in Iceland in 1241 on the instigation of the king of Norway, as a result of political intrigue.

The Edda contains the most extensive account of Norse myths and legends that have survived from the Middle Ages as well as the famous stories of Odin winning back the mead of poetic inspiration and Thor fishing for the Midgard serpent.


9. 50 Masterpieces you have to read before you die vol: 2 (Kathartika™ Classics)

Author: by Lewis Carroll
B07QDJRRXF
KTHTK (July 12, 2021)
July 12, 2021

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This 2nd volume contains the following 50 works, arranged alphabetically by authors’ last names:Jerome, Jerome K.: Three Men in a BoatJoyce, James: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManJoyce, James: UlyssesKingsley, Charles: The Water-BabiesKipling, Rudyard: KimLa Fayette, Madame de: The Princess of ClvesLaclos, Pierre Choderlos de: Dangerous LiaisonsLawrence, D.H.: Sons and LoversLawrence, D.H.: The RainbowLe Fanu, Sheridan: In a Glass DarklyLewis, Matthew Gregory: The MonkLewis, Sinclair: Main StreetLondon, Jack: The Call of the WildLovecraft, H.P.: At the Mountains of MadnessMann, Thomas: Royal HighnessMaugham, William Somerset: Of Human BondageMaupassant, Guy de: Bel-AmiMelville, Herman: Moby-DickPoe, Edgar Allan: The Fall of the House of UsherProust, Marcel: Swann’s WayRadcliffe, Ann: The Mysteries of UdolphoRichardson, Samuel: ClarissaSand, George: The Devil’s PoolScott, Walter: IvanhoeShelley, Mary: FrankensteinSienkiewicz, Henryk: Quo VadisSinclair, May: Life and Death of Harriett FreanSinclair, Upton: The JungleStendhal: The Red and the BlackStendhal: The Chartreuse of ParmaSterne, Laurence: Tristram ShandyStevenson, Robert Louis: Treasure IslandStoker, Bram: DraculaStowe, Harriet Beecher: Uncle Tom’s CabinSwift, Jonathan: Gulliver’s TravelsTagore, Rabindranath: The Home and the WorldThackeray, William Makepeace: Vanity FairTolstoy, Leo: War and PeaceTolstoy, Leo: Anna KareninaTrollope, Anthony: The Way We Live NowTurgenev, Ivan: Fathers and SonsTwain, Mark: The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnVerne, Jules: Journey to the Center of the EarthWallace, Lew: Ben-HurWells, H.G.: The Time MachineWest, Rebecca: The Return of the SoldierWharton, Edith: The Age of InnocenceWilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian GrayXueqin, Cao: The Dream of the Red ChamberZola, mile: Germinal

10. In the Name of Truth (Sandhamn Murders Book 8)

Author: by Viveca Sten
B07V3JFJQ9
May 19, 2020
English

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A shocking abduction rocks idyllic Sandhamn Island in an enthralling novel of suspense by Viveca Sten, bestselling author of In the Heat of the Moment. With the summer season on Sandhamn comes an unsettling mystery for Detective Inspector Thomas Andreasson.

A bullied young boy has vanished from a sailing camp on neighboring Lkholmen Island. Has the terrorized eleven-year-old run away? Or, in this isolated vacation spot where strangers lurk, is it something more ominous? The disappearance has also captured the interest of Thomas’s longtime friend, attorney Nora Linde.

The missing child happens to be the son of her latest client, Christian Dufva. He is a key witness against his partner in a high-profile embezzlement trial, and Dufva’s testimony could be devastating. It’ll also be Nora’s biggest winthe next step toward a position as chief prosecutor.

But with every anonymous threat against Dufva, the stakes get higher. When new evidence surfaces in their respective cases, new questions and fears arise for Thomas and Nora. Time is running out to resolve them. So is hope of finding the boy alive.

11. The Prose Edda

Author: by Snorri Sturlson
B08ZDFPPMB
English
271 pages

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The Prose Edda is a text on Old Norse Poetics, written about 1200 by the Icelandic poet and politican Snorri Sturlson, who also wrote the Heimskringla. The Prose Edda contains a wide variety of lore which a Skald (poet) of the time would need to know.

The text is of interest to modern readers because it contains consistent narratives of many of the plot lines of Norse mythology. Although Snorri was a Christian, he treated the ancient Pagan mythology with great respect. To this end, Snorri created a quasi-historical backstory for the Norse Gods.

Hence the Prose Edda is of interest because it contains one of the first attempts to devise a rational explanation for mythological and legendary events. It is also notable because it contains fragments of a number of manusripts which Snorri had access to, but which are now lost.

12. The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson's Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin

Author: by Jan Stocklassa
B07NGKD6YL
October 1, 2019
English

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A fascinating creative nonfiction’ account of the greatest unsolved mystery in Swedish history. Wall Street JournalIt’s more than just a thrilling bookThere’s a lot of evidence that points to an international conspiracy. CBS This Morning SaturdayThe author of the Millennium novels laid out the clues.

Now a journalist is following them. When Stieg Larsson died, the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had been working on a true mystery that out-twisted his Millennium novels: the assassination on February 28, 1986, of Olof Palme, the Swedish prime minister.

It was the first time in history that a head of state had been murdered without a clue who’d done itand on a Stockholm street at point-blank range. Internationally known for his fictional villains, Larsson was well acquainted with their real-life counterparts and documented extremist activities throughout the world.

For years he’d been amassing evidence that linked their terrorist acts to what he called one of the most astounding murder cases he’d ever covered. Larsson’s archive was forgotten until journalist Jan Stocklassa was given exclusive access to the author’s secret project.

13. In the Land of the Cyclops

Author: by Karl Ove Knausgaard
English
350 pages
1939810744

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From New York Times bestselling author Karl Ove Knausgaard comes a collection of ambitious, remarkably erudite essays on art, literature, culture, and philosophy. In the Land of the Cyclops is Karl Ove Knausgaard’s first collection of essays to be published in English.

In these wide-ranging pieces, Knausgaard reflects openly on Ingmar Bergman’s notebooks, Anselm Kiefer, the Northern Lights, Madame Bovary, Rembrandt, and the role of an editor with penetrating intelligence. Accompanied by color reproductions throughout, these essays illuminate Cindy Sherman’s shadowlands, the sublime mystery of Sally Mann’s vision, and the serious play of Francesca Woodman.

These essays capture Knausgaard’s remarkable ability to mediate between the personal and the universal, between life and art. Each piece glimmers with Knausgaard’s candor and his longing to authentically see, understand, and experience the world.

14. Hunger (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

Author: by Knut Hamsun
Penguin Classics
English
240 pages

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A modernist masterpiece: the Nobel Prize winner’s first and most important novelA Penguin Classic First published in Norway in 1890, Hunger probes the depths of consciousness with frightening and gripping power. Contemptuous of novels of his time and what he saw as their stereotypical plots and empty characters, Knut Hamsun embarked on an attempt to describe the strange, peculiar life of the mind, the mysteries of the nerves in a starving body.

Like the works of Dostoyevsky, it marks an extraordinary break with Western literary and humanistic traditions. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,800 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

15. Falling: Hard Lessons and the Redemption of the Woman Next Door

Author: by Karen Andrea Campbell
English
476 pages
1098345258

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This debut memoir will forever change the way you think about women in prison. KAREN ANDREA CAMPBELL WAS LIVING THE AMERICA DREAMA married mother with two active daughters in high school, a productive career and an active outdoors life style in the Pacific Northwest.

UNTIL SHE WAS CONVICTED OF FELONY MANSLAUGHTER DUI AND SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN PRISONShe was going to prison. The judge banged the gavel, the Bailiff escorted her toward a door at the front of the courtroom. She took one last look at her family.

They were in each other’s arms. The Bailiff opened the door at the front of the courtroom as she stepped through the door that led to another world and one question that haunted her. But can she survive the next six years in a full custody women’s prison?

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