The Scandinavian countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – have long literary tradions. A number of writers from these countries are very well known internationally and several have received Nobel Prizes in Literature for their work: Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson (Norway) 1902, Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf (Sweden) 1909, Carl Gustaf Verner von Heidenstam (Sweden) 1916, Karl Adolph Gjellerup & Henrik Pontoppidan (Denmark) 1919, Knut Pedersen Hamsun (Norway) 1920, Sigrid Undset (Norway) 1928, Frans Eemil Sillanpää (Finland) 1939, Johannes Vilhelm Jensen (Denmark) 1944, Pär Fabian Lagerkvist (Sweden) 1951, Halldór Kiljan Laxness (Iceland) 1955, and Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson (Sweden) 1974.
We have a section for each of the Scandinavian countries: Danish writers, Finnish writers, Icelandic writers,Norwegian writers and Swedish writers. We focus on writers that have been translated into English, and try to bring reviews of both classical novels and contemporary fiction.
We also have started to build a section on Scandinavian emigrant writers, but these are in some cases hard to identify. Also, we have a section on Scandinavian literary history, as well as on literary awards in the Scandinavian countries, and on the Nordic Council literary award.
Hunger, by Knut Hamsun.
Knut (Pedersen) Hamsun was an internationally renowned Norwegian novelist, dramatist, poet, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. Knut Hamsun received the Nobel Prize for his novel Growth of the Soil.Growth of the Soil is a very special, extremely well written, spectacular book. However, it is only one among many spectacular books by Knut Hamsun.
The book that first launched Knut Hamsun in the European literary scene was Hunger. When asked about the book, he told a friend, “What interests me are my little soul’s endless emotions, the special, strange life of the mind, the mysteries of the nerves in a hungry body.” And that is exactly what the book is about. An extremely strange book, and a literary revolution in the making when it was written – a lit torch thrown right in the face of the predominantly social-realist European literary establishment of the time. Its refreshing viewpoint and impulsive, lyrical style had an electrifying effect on European writers.
To many observers, Hunger presaged the writings of authors such as Franz Kafka and other twentieth-century novelists, with its internal monologue and bizarre logic. It is impulsive, electric, esoteric, and confusing, but also written with the sharp and distinctive style that characterizes Hamsun. The novel breaks grammatical rules and it’s tenses skip around. The language itself is used as a means to show the state of mind of the main character and to energize the story.
For Emily Winston, leaving her old life as her aunt’s ward to become a male order bride in Montana constitutes a much-needed fresh start. But among the baggage she’s hauling on her way to meet her new husband is a dark secret.
The aunt who raised Emily also ran a brothel, and the young woman’s sexual knowledge and exploration at her own hands has left her something other than a typical virgin.
Wyatt Blake is a successful rancher in need of a wife, but his desire for someone other than the prim, obedient women of his territory has led him to select a made-to-order bride. Emily is everything he could ask for in bed, but when her secrets start to unravel, the handsome dominant employs the use of hard spankings to extract the truth of Emily’s past.
Will her guilt and shame mar a budding relationship further complicated by Emily’s willfulness and lack of domestic skills? Or will Wyatt Blake’s firm hand and sexual domination force Emily to accept her place at the side of a man who knows exactly what he wants?
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Africa is a continent of rich culture, tradition, heritage and customs, producing great writers from different backgrounds. Some of the writers’ books have played significant role in Africa’s education for ages. Below are quotes of some of Africa’s great writers.
“When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.” – Chinua Achebe.
“My horizon on humanity is enlarged by reading the writers of poems, seeing a painting, listening to some music, some opera, which has nothing at all to do with a volatile human condition or struggle or whatever. It enriches me as a human being.” – Wole Soyinka.
Nawal El Saadawi
“Life is very hard. The only people who really live are those who are harder than life itself.”
― Nawal El Saadawi.
“Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.”- Nadine Gordimer.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela.
“The forces that unite us are intrinsic and greater than the superimposed influences that keep us apart.” ― Kwame Nkrumah
With the publication of Kafka’s Curse, Achmat Dangor established himself as an utterly singular voice in South African fiction. His new novel, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award, is a clear-eyed, witty, yet deeply serious look at South Africa’s political history and its damaging legacy in the lives of those who live there.
The last time Silas Ali encountered Lieutenant Du Boise, Silas was locked in the back of a police van and the lieutenant was conducting a vicious assault on Silas’s wife, Lydia, in revenge for her husband’s participation in Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress. When Silas sees Du Boise by chance twenty years later, as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is about to deliver its report, crimes from the past erupt into the present, splintering the Alis’ fragile peace.
Meanwhile Silas and Lydia’s son, Mikey, a thoroughly contemporary young hip-hop lothario, contends in unforeseen ways with his parents’ pasts. A harrowing story of a brittle family on the crossroads of history and a fearless skewering of the pieties of revolutionary movements, Bitter Fruit is a cautionary tale of how we do, or do not, address the past’s deepest wounds.
Achmat Dangor (.in 1948), is a South African writer and the CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. The Nelson Mandela Foundation promotes and enables the growth of human fulfillment and the continuous expansion of the frontiers of freedom.
Before joining the foundation in January 2007, Mr. Dangor was Director of Advocacy, Communications and Leadership at UNAIDS, and before that, he was Interim Director of the World AIDS Campaign. Previously, Mr. Dangor served as Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.
Prior to that, he worked in the private sector, including a 13-year stint as a senior executive in Revlon Inc.’s South African subsidiary. As the founding executive director of the Kagiso Trust (1986-1991) he worked alongside prominent political and church leaders, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to build up the largest black-led foundation in South Africa.
In 1993, Mr. Dangor returned to South Africa to head up the Secretariat of the Drought Forum created by the newly unbanned liberation movements, churches and community organizations to coordinate relief efforts at the height of the severe drought of early 1990’s.
The Forum’s brief was to ensure that government and private resources reached the neediest people and that a solid development foundation was laid. In 1994 he joined the Independent Development Trust (IDT) as director for rural development, and later served as its acting CEO during a crucial transformation period.
During this time he was also a member of various task groups set up by the office of then Deputy President, Thabo Mbeki, to create the Transitional National Development Trust (TNDT) and its successor, the National Development Agency (NDA).
Achmat Dangor is a writer who has published five works of fiction and poetry. It is a vocation that he continues to pursue as he has an active interest in the arts and culture. Random House bought his first USA publication in 1999 and his last novel has been translated into five languages.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation leads the development of a living legacy that captures the vision and values of Nelson Mandela’s life and work. Through the creation of strategic networks and partnerships, the Nelson Mandela Foundation directs resources, knowledge and practice to add value and demonstrate new possibilities. It embodies the spirit of reconciliation, ubuntu and social justice.