In August, the focus of the 2022 Scandinavian Reading Challenge is books that take place in the 1980s. Below you’ll find some highlights from that time period along with some reading suggestions.
Some decades have been easier than others to find reading selections in English translation. This was a tough one. 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:
- 4 February 1981 – Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway’s first female prime minister, took office for first time, served 3 separate terms
- 12 June 1987 – Norway’s Parliament passed The Sámi Act, allowing for the creation of the Sami Parliament that first convened two years later.
- In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Norway complied with the International Whaling Commission’s total ban on commercial whaling.
Books to consider:
- I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson, translated from the Norwegian by Charlotte Barslund (opens in 1989, goes back in time)
- The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson’s Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin by Jan Stocklassa, translated from the Swedish by Tara F. Chace (True crime investigating assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986)
- Fallen Angels (Varg Veum Series Book 23) by Gunnar Staalesen, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett (Crime fiction, Bergen, contemporary novel originally published in Norway 1989, winner of Booksellers’ Prize 1989)
- Polarsirkelen by Liza Marklund (Sweden, 1980s & 2019) – not yet available in English
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