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The Fellowship of Ghosts, Travels in the Land of Midnight Sun

The Fellowship of Ghosts, Travels in the Land of Midnight Sun

by Paul Watkins

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 233 PAGES

Novelist Watkins tries his hand at travel, interweaving a memoir of his own experiences in Norway with those of early eccentric visitors. His solo wanderings also take into account the beautiful Norwegian countryside, with vivid descriptions of dramatic cliffs and expansive snowfields. (NOR35, $17.00)

The Vikings, Lords of the Seas

The Vikings, Lords of the Seas

by Yves Cohat

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

An indispensable reference that fits in your pocket, this slim volume is packed with maps, archival photographs and illustrations. (VIK01, $15.95)

Eyewitness Guide Norway

Eyewitness Guide Norway

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

This handsome, illustrated guide covers nature, culture, history and attractions. (NOR29, $25.00)

Norway Map

Norway Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2012
  • MAP

A handsome map of Norway at a scale of 1:1,000,000, with a place index and shaded relief. (NOR05, $12.95)

 
Lonely Planet Norway

Lonely Planet Norway


by Deanna Swaney

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 452 PAGES

With maps, practical details and information on sightseeing. (NOR25, $23.99)

King Harald's Saga

King Harald's Saga


by Magnus Magnusson | Paulsson Herman | Snorri Sturlusson | Hermann Palsson

  • HISTORY
  • 1976
  • PAPER
  • 178 PAGES

A classic biography of the last Viking warrior King Harald and an account of the 1066 conflict between Norway and England. (NOR19, $14.00)

Norway 1940

Norway 1940


by Francois Kersaudy

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 284 PAGES

A detailed account of the German invasion of Norway in 1940. (NOR20, $26.95)

The Conversion of Scandinavia

The Conversion of Scandinavia


by Anders Winroth

  • HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Yale professor Winroth argues that the medieval Scandinavian chieftains were not forced but rather elected to convert to Christianity out of their own self interest in this bold new study, subtitled "Vikings, Merchants, and Missionaries in the Remaking of Northern Europe." (SCN74, $28.00)

Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga

Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga


by William Fitzhugh | Elisabeth Ward

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

An extensively illustrated volume of Viking culture, history and exploration that focuses especially on voyages to North America. Published in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibit, it features essays and 400 color photographs. (VIK11, $34.95)

In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream

In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream


by Eric Dregni

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 195 PAGES

A Minnesotan of Norwegian extraction, Dregni writes entertainingly of Norwegian culture and the immigrant experience in this delightful account of a year living with his wife and infant son in Trondheim on a Fulbright scholarship. (NOR68, $22.95)

Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark

Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark


by Mary Wollstonecraft | William Godwin

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 129 PAGES

Groundbreaking feminist Wollstonecraft records her observations of a late 18th-century journey through Scandinavia in this small masterpiece, rich in detail of people and place. (SCN04, $16.95)

Don't Look Back

Don't Look Back


by Karen Fossum

  • MYSTERY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 324 PAGES

In her U.S. debut, Norwegian mystery author Karen Fossum weaves a tale of intrigue set in a small mountain town outside of Oslo. (NOR37, $14.00)

Growth of the Soil

Growth of the Soil


by Knut Hamsun

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

The epic tale of a homesteader in the mountainous Norwegian interior, which helped win Hamsun a Nobel Prize in 1920. (NOR36, $16.00)

Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath, The Wife, The Cross

Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath, The Wife, The Cross


by Sigrid Undset | Tina Nunnally

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 1184 PAGES

A masterful historical epic by the Nobel Prize-winning author, first published in 1927. This omnibus edition follows the life of one woman from birth to death in devoutly Catholic 14th-century Norway. A cornerstone of Scandinavian literature, the trilogy is a powerful introduction to the medieval society. (NOR40, $27.00)

Mysteries

Mysteries


by Knut Hamsun | Sverre Lyngstad

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

An odd character settles in a small Norwegian village and charms the locals. First published in 1890, this book is an insightful look at life in Norway and our favorite of Hamsun's many novels. (NOR08, $16.00)

Norwegian Folk Tales

Norwegian Folk Tales


by Peter Asbjornsen

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1982
  • PAPER
  • 188 PAGES

This rich collection of stories, interpreted by a leading scholar on ancient traditions and tales, will delight both adults and children. (NOR06, $15.95)

Out Stealing Horses

Out Stealing Horses


by Per Petterson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 258 PAGES

A deliberate and astonishing novel. Looking back on his early childhood in rural Norway, Trond Sander fixates on a fateful childhood summer. In 1948, after the death of a child, his father's decision to abandon the family and the crippling guilt of his best friend, the course of Sander's life would be altered forever. (NOR66, $15.00)

Peer Gynt, A Dramatic Poem

Peer Gynt, A Dramatic Poem


by Henrik Ibsen

  • LITERATURE
  • 1966
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES

A Penguin Classics' edition of Ibsen's classic. (NOR59, $12.00)

The Norse Myths

The Norse Myths


by Kevin Crossley-Holland

  • LITERATURE
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

This classic collection includes 32 tales of Nordic gods, goddesses and heroes. With an overview of the Norse world, cosmology and gods. (SCN38, $18.95)

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