Scandinavians In search of the soul of the north

Robert Ferguson, 1948-

Sound recording - 2017

A journey of discovery though two millennia of Scandinavia's history, culture and society, "told with deep knowledge and an intoxicating passion" (BBC). -- Scandinavians is also a personal investigation, with award-winning author Robert Ferguson as the ideal companion as he explores wide-ranging topics such as the power and mystique of Scandinavian women, from the Valkyries to the Vikings; from Nora and Hedda to Garbo and Bergman. This digressive technique is familiar from the wri...tings of W.G. Sebald, and in Ferguson's hands it is deployed with particular felicity, accessibility, and deftness, richly illuminating our understanding of modern Scandinavia, its society, politics, culture, and temperament.

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Published
Ashland, OR : Blackstone Audio [2017]
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Item Description
Title from container.
Physical Description
13 audio discs (15 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN
9781541405554
1541405552
Main Author
Robert Ferguson, 1948- (author)
Other Authors
Michael (Michael J.) Page (narrator)
  • Prelude. A season in Hell: Copenhagen 1969
  • Stones
  • The conversion of the Icelanders
  • Amleth, Luther and the last priest: the Reformation in Scandinavia
  • The King of the past: Frederik VII of Denmark
  • The Vasa ship: Sweden's age of greatness
  • Abductions: the war between the Danes and Algerians
  • The short sweet rule of Johann Friedrich Struensee
  • Taking God at His word: Søren Kierkegaard and Olav Fiskvik
  • The loneliness of the long-distance explorer
  • Interlude: Ibsen's Ghosts
  • The emigrants
  • World War II: the Scandinavian experience
  • The power of Scandinavian women
  • Dagny Juel and the invention of melancholy
  • Malexander
  • Oslo 2016.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Scandinavians is a personal investigation, with award-winning author Robert Ferguson as the ideal companion as he explores wide-ranging topics such as the power and mystique of Scandinavian women, from the Valkyries to the Vikings; from Nora and Hedda to Garbo and Bergman.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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.