TUE—APR 16—7 PM, free
The novel has recently been released in a new translation in English with an introduction by Garth Risk Hallberg. Following the discussion, copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
The new film A Fortunate Man based on the book also screens at Scandinavia House on Wednesday, April 17 & Friday, April 19.
This program has been supported by the Rev. Lars R. Lund Fund for Nordic Literature.
About the Author
Henrik Pontoppidan (1857-1943) was a Danish novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1917 for “his authentic descriptions of present-day life in Denmark.” The son of a rural minister, he moved to Copenhagen as a young man and eventually earned his living as a journalist and writer.
He is best known for the sweeping social novels he wrote between 1890 and the 1920s, which “reflect the social, religious, and political struggles of the time.”
About Garth Risk Hallberg
Garth Risk Hallberg’s first novel, City on Fire, was a New York Times and international bestseller that has been translated into 17 languages and was named one of the best books of 2015 by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Vogue. He is also the author of A Field Guide to the North American Family.
His short stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Glimmer Train, and Best New American Voices 2008, and he has written critical essays for The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, The Millions, and Slate. A two-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, he lives in New York with his wife and children.
About Morten Høi Jensen
Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, Morten Høi Jensen is the author of the award-winning biography A Difficult Death: The Life and Work of Jens Peter Jacobsen.
He has contributed to The Paris Review Daily, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the New York Review Daily.