I chose Denmark for the first week of my Nordic reading as I was ultra-keen to revisit Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Høeg, and it is alphabetically the first country – an approach I abandoned when setting the dates for each country (which ended up being random, not even in FINDS order).
Apart from Miss Smilla (my review of my re-read will come tomorrow), I’ve only read two novels by Danish authors since I started my blog, and can’t remember reading any more in between my first read of the Høeg and the two below.
The header pic shows my rather scant pile of Danish novels, those to the right of Miss Smilla are my TBR. I’ve heard really good things about We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen, but don’t think I’ll be able to fit it in this week, chunkster that it is. The other four are novellas or short stories, so let’s see how many I can read and report back on here!
One thing it will be interesting to see is if the Denmark described in these books matches our view of it as the happiest country. Is it all hygge and Lego, or are there darker undercurrents? Definitely some of each, I’d wager. A few years ago, our book group read Helen Russell’s The Year of Living Danishly, and had a super discussion – a recommended book group read.
Can you recommend any other modern novels or NF by Danish authors to me?