In March, the focus of the 2022 Scandinavian Reading Challenge is books that take place in the 1930s. Find below some highlights and a link to photos from that time period along with book suggestions.
Do you have any Scandinavian books that take place during this time period that you recommend or know of? Leave a comment or email me any suggestions. I’d love to hear them.
Some highlights from this decade:
- Whaling – “In the winter of 1930-1931, Norway produced 2,316,962 barrels of whale oil, the best-ever Antarctic season.” (Source: The Norwegian American)
- The Great Depression – Unemployment increased even more; by 1933, at least one-third of the workforce was unemployed. (Source: Britannica)
- Norway claims Queen Maud Land in Antarctica – 1938
- With outbreak of World War II in 1939, Norway along with Sweden, Finland, and Switzerland declare themselves neutral
Photos of the decade:
- Scandinavian Vacation Photos From the 1930s (LifeInNorway.net)
Books to consider:
- A Woman in the Polar Night: The Classic Memoir of a Year in the Arctic Wilderness by Christiane Ritter (1930s, Spitsbergen, Svalbard archipelago in northern Norway)
- Chasing the Light: A Novel of Antarctica by Jesse Blackadder (1930s, Norway and whaling in the Antarctic)
- Cold Coast by Robyn Mundy (1930s, Svalbard, Norwegian Arctic)
- The Assistant by Kjell Ola Dahl, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett (Historical thriller set in Prohibition-era and interwar Norway, 1920s & 1938)
- The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles by Roy Jacobsen, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw (1939, Winter War, also known as First Soviet-Finnish War)
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