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Best Books About Denmark

Recommendations from 6 articles, David Heinemeier Hansson, Shauna Niequist.
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Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen - 2014-10-01 (first published in 1913)
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Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales are like exquisite jewels, drawing from us gasps of recognition and delight. Writing in the midst of a Europe-wide rebirth of national literature, Anderson broke new ground with his fairy tales in two important ways. First, he composed them in the vernacular, mimicking the language he used in telling them to ch...
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We, the Drowned
Carsten Jensen - 2012-05-22 (first published in 2006)
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AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERA THRILLING EPIC TALE OF THE SEA“We, the Drowned sets sail beyond the narrow channels of the seafaring genre and approaches Tolstoy in its evocation of war’s confusion, its power to stun victors and vanquished alike . . . A gorgeous, unsparing novel.” — Washington Post“A generational saga, a swashbuckling sailor’s tale, a...
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Fear and Trembling
Soren Kierkegaard - 2006-05-30 (first published in 1843)
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Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, and religious author interested in human psychology. He is regarded as a leading pioneer of existentialism and one of the greatest philosophers of the 19th Century.In Fear and Trembling, Kierkegaard wanted to understand the anxiety that must have been present in Abraham when God commanded him ...
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The Year of Living Danishly
Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
Helen Russell - 2016-04-12 (first published in 2015)
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Denmark is officially the happiest nation on Earth. When Helen Russell is forced to move to rural Jutland, can she discover the secrets of their happiness? Or will the long, dark winters and pickled herring take their toll?A Year of Living Danishly looks at where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from li...
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The Keeper of Lost Causes
The First Department Q Novel (A Department Q Novel)
Jussi Adler-Olsen - 2012-07-31 (first published in 2007)
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Carl Mørck used to be one of Copenhagen’s best homicide detectives. Then a hail of bullets destroyed the lives of two fellow cops, and Carl—who didn’t draw his weapon—blames himself. So a promotion is the last thing he expects. But Department Q is a department of one, and Carl’s got only a stack of Copenhagen’s coldest cases for company. His collea...
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The Untold Story of How Denmark's Jews Escaped the Nazis, of the Courage of Their Fellow Danes--and of the Extraordinary Role of the SS
Bo Lidegaard - 2013-09-17
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Amid the dark, ghastly history of World War II, the literally extraordinary story, never before fully researched by a historian, of how the Danish people banded together to save their fellow Jews from the Nazis—told through the remarkable unpublished diaries and documents of families forced to run for safety, leaving their homes and possessions beh...
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Winter's Tales
Isak (Karen Blixen) Dinesen - 2001-09-27 (first published in 1942)
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If one theme unifies the 11 tales collected here, it is that of longing. Written after her return from Kenya and during the dark days of the Nazi occupation, they derive their themes and locales from Isak Dinesen's childhood in Denmark. Isak Dinesen was the pen-name of Karen Blixen, who was born in Rungsted, Denmark in 1885. After studying art at C...
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Silence in October
Jens Christian Grondahl - 2002-10-01 (first published in 1996)
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After eighteen years of marriage, an art historian wakes up one morning to find his wife standing in the bedroom doorway with her bags packed, leaving him with no explanation. Alone in his Copenhagen apartment, he tries to make sense of his enigmatic marriage and life. Memories of driving a cab, quiet walks in the snow, and intense sojourns in Pari...
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How to Be Danish
A Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark
Patrick Kingsley - 2014-02-04 (first published in 2012)
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What links Sarah Lund and Lars von Trier? Or Carlsberg and Kierkegaard? Or even Shakespeare and Metallica? The answer lies in Denmark, the country that has gripped the British imagination more than any other in recent memory. But though we watch their TV series, wear their jumpers, and play with their toys, how much do we really know about the Dane...