Scandinavians by Robert Ferguson audiobook

Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North

By Robert Ferguson
Read by Michael Page

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15.34 Hours Unabridged
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Scandinavia is the epitome of cool: we fill our homes with Nordic furniture; we envy their humane social welfare system and their healthy outdoor lifestyle; we glut ourselves on their crime fiction; even their strangely attractive melancholia seems to express a stoic, commonsensical acceptance of life's vicissitudes. But how valid is this outsider's view of Scandinavia, and how accurate is our picture of life in Scandinavia today? Scandinavians follows a chronological progression across the Northern centuries: the Vendel era of Swedish prehistory; the age of the Vikings; the Christian conversions of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland; the unified Scandinavian state of the late Middle Ages; the sea-change of the Reformation; the kingdom of Denmark-Norway; King Gustav Adolphus and the age of Sweden's greatness; the cultural golden age of Ibsen, Strindberg, and Munch; the impact of the Second World War; Scandinavia's postwar social democratic nirvana; and the terror attacks of Anders Behring Breivik.

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New York Times Editor’s Choice

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017

Scandinavia is the epitome of cool: we fill our homes with Nordic furniture; we envy their humane social welfare system and their healthy outdoor lifestyle; we glut ourselves on their crime fiction; even their strangely attractive melancholia seems to express a stoic, commonsensical acceptance of life's vicissitudes. But how valid is this outsider's view of Scandinavia, and how accurate is our picture of life in Scandinavia today?

Scandinavians follows a chronological progression across the Northern centuries: the Vendel era of Swedish prehistory; the age of the Vikings; the Christian conversions of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland; the unified Scandinavian state of the late Middle Ages; the sea-change of the Reformation; the kingdom of Denmark-Norway; King Gustav Adolphus and the age of Sweden's greatness; the cultural golden age of Ibsen, Strindberg, and Munch; the impact of the Second World War; Scandinavia's postwar social democratic nirvana; and the terror attacks of Anders Behring Breivik.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A delightful history in which the author truly captures 'the soul of the North.' Kirkus
“Beautifully written, it presents a historical narrative punctuated by reminiscences, conversations retold, snatches of autobiography, fragments of biography and stories.” Wall Street Journal
“Told with deep knowledge and intoxicating passion.” BBC
“A delightfully free-roaming exploration of the myth of the brooding Scandinavian…an engaging, layered look into a complex culture.” New York Times Book Review
“A delightful history in which the author truly captures “the soul of the North.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Robert Ferguson

Author Bio: Robert Ferguson

Robert Ferguson is an award-winning writer, translator, and radio dramatist. He is the author of numerous books, including The Vikings: A History, Henrik Ibsen: A New Biography, and Enigma: The Life of Knut Hamsun, nominated for the Los Angeles Times Best Biography Award and winner of the University of London J.G. Robertson Award. Born in the United Kingdom in 1948, he emigrated to Norway in 1983 and has made his home there since.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 15.34
Audience: Adult
Language: English