Thinking Independently: How Britain’s Small Presses Championed Norwegian Literature

As Norwegian literature soars in popularity, Johanne Elster Hanson discovers how Britain's bold independent publishers played a key part in its success. “Literature from Norway is characterized by good stories that don’t avoid discussing topics that are difficult and important,” Margit Walsø, director of Norwegian Literature Abroad (NORLA), recently observed in an interview with Norwegian … Continue reading Thinking Independently: How Britain’s Small Presses Championed Norwegian Literature

“Skandinavere er fryktelig Skandinaviske” – Nordahl Griegs vennskap med Graham Greene

«Et vennskap kan være blant livets viktigste hendelser», skriver Graham Greene i memoarboken Ways of Escape, «og en fluktmetode, på samme måte som det å skrive eller reise, fra hverdagslige rutiner, følelsen av mislykkethet, frykten for fremtiden.» Boken, utgitt for 40 år siden, består av tidligere utgitte selvbiografiske artikler. Én av disse omhandler Nordahl Grieg, … Continue reading “Skandinavere er fryktelig Skandinaviske” – Nordahl Griegs vennskap med Graham Greene

Flee. Marry. Die.

In the spring of 2019, after the ‘caliphate’ established by ISIS had finally crumbled, children of jihadists and their niqab-clad mothers filled the refugee camp in Al-Hol, among them two Norwegian-Somali sisters already well-known to the Norwegian public. Their radicalisation had been carefully documented by Åsne Seierstad in Two Sisters, her award-winning 2016 work of reportage. … Continue reading Flee. Marry. Die.

‘Slow prose’ in the age of quarantining

In the last decade, Norwegians appear to have become connoisseurs of unhurried culture, beginning with the introduction of ‘slow-TV’ in 2009, when we discovered that live footage from a camera strapped to a moving train made for spellbinding television. Readers might place Jon Fosse’s latest novel The Other Name: Septology I-II in the same category of entertainment … Continue reading ‘Slow prose’ in the age of quarantining