My mother and I have decided to read 50 books by Danish authors: books, we think are must-reads. We are therefore compiling a list of books written by 50 different authors and when we’re done making the list we’ll slowly work our way through them, and whenever we finish one, we’ll discus it over dinner at a restaurant or lunch at a café.
We’re still working on putting the list together. We still have too many authors to choose from and we haven’t even really started adding works to the list yet – or deciding which authors to cut …
- Vita Andersen: Get a life (2003)
- Jens Baggesen: Labyrinthen (1792-1793)
- * Herman Bang: Ved Vejen (1886) /Tine (1889)
- * Knuth Becker: Det daglige brød (1932)
- * Karen Blixen: Den Afrikanske Farm (1937) / Babettes Gæstebud (1952)
- Anders Bodelsen: De Lysende Nætters Tid
- * H.C. Branner: Ingen Kender Natten
- * Suzanne Brøgger
- * Martha Christensen: Dansen med Regitze (1988)
- * Tove Ditlevsen: Man gjorde et barn fortræd (1941) / Barndommens gade (1943) / For barnets skyld (1946)
- * Jakob Ejersbo: Nordkraft (2002)
- Jens Christian Grøndahl: Kvinden i midten (1985)/ Lucca (1998)
- Katrine Marie Guldager: Ulven (2010)
- Kirsten Hamann
- * Martin A. Hansen
- * Ludvig Holberg: Niels Klimts underjordiske rejse (1741)
- Lars Husum: Mit venskab med Jesus Kristus (2008)
- * Peter Høeg
- J.P. Jacobsen: Fru Marie Grubbe/Niels Lyhne
- Carsten Jensen: Vi, de druknede (2006)
- Erik Aalbæk Jensen
- * Johannes V. Jensen: Kongens Fald (1900-01)
- Thit Jensen: Stygge Krumpen (1936)
- Erling Jepsen: Kunsten at græde i kor (2002)
- Ida Jessen
- Christian Jungersen
- Christian Kampmann (+ Abelone Koppel: Her Fra (2011) (About Christian Kampmann’s death)
- Harald Kidde: Helten
- * Hans Kirk: Fiskerne (1928)
- Josefine Klougart
- Jakob Knudsen: Den gamle præst (1899) / Sind (1903)
- * Tom Kristensen: Hærværk (1930)
- * Kim Leine: Kalak (2007)
- Anne Marie Løn
- * Svend Åge Madsen
- * Ib Michael
- Poul Martin Møller: En Dansk Students Bekendelser (1843)
- Dea Trier Mørch
- * Martin Andersen Nexø
- * Jakob Paludan: Jørgen Stein
- * Leif Panduro
- * Nis Petersen: Sandalmagernes gade (1931)
- * Henrik Pontoppidan: Lykkeper
- Morten Ramsdal: Hundehoved (2005)
- Ebbe Kløvedal Reich
- * Klaus Rifbjerg
- * Knud Romer: Den som blinker er bange for døden (2006)
- Morten Sabroe
- * Hans Scherfig
- Hans Egede Schack: Fantasterne
- Peter Seeberg: Fugls Føde?
- Tage Skou-Hansen: De nøgne træer
- Jens Smærup Sørensen fx Mærkedage
- Jan Sonnergaard: Om atomkrigens betydning for Vilhelm Funks ungdom (2009)
- Knud Sønderby: Midt i en jazztid
- Kirsten Thorup
- Dan Turell
- Gustav Wied
- Dorrit Willumsen
- Poul Ørum: Lyksalighedens ø
Deleted from the list:
- Kjeld Abell (plays, essays)
- Benny Andersen (poetry, children’s fiction, short stories)
- Hans Christian Andersen
- St. St. Blicher: Brudstykker af en landsbydegns dagbog (1824) (only short stories)
- Georg Brandes (criticism)
- Marie Bregendahl
- Cecil Bødker
- Inger Christensen: Mostly poetry, although she has written three novels
- Lars Saabye Christensen
- Leif Davidsen (thrillers)
- Holger Drachmann: Mostly poetry
- Leck Fischer
- N.F.S. Grundtvig (poetry)
- Thorkild Hansen
- Johan Ludvig Heiberg (plays)
- B.S. Ingemann (historical fiction inspired by Walter Scott)
- Frank Jæger (mostly poetry)
- Søren Kierkegaard (philosophy)
- Julia Butschkow: Apropos Opa (2009)
- Palle Lauring (historian)
- Kaj Munk (poetry and short stories)
- Johannes Møllehave (Christian commentary, memoirs and more)
- Henrik Nordbrandt (poetry)
- Adam Oehlenschläger (poetry)
- Halfdan Rasmussen (poetry)
- Bjarne Reuter
- Jørn Riel
- Ole Sarvig
- Helle Stangerup
- Henrik Stangerup
- Willy Sørensen (short stories, children’s fiction)
- Leonara Christina Ulfeldt: Jammersminde (memoir)
- Ole Wivel (criticism)
- Jeppe Aakjær (poetry and more)
I have Peter Hoeg’s The Elephant Keepers Children on my list and though everyone speaks about Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, my favourite of his was the eccentric but compelling The Woman and the Ape.
Good luck with that list, in an effort to read more European contemporary literature, I recently subscribed to Peirene Press, so I am at least guaranteed to read a few books outside what is normally promoted in the English speaking book world.
I haven’t read The Woman and the Ape. I wasn’t blown away by Smilla but I did take a huge break in the middle of it so I will need to read it again at some point. I loved Borderliners – I thought it was an amazing novel.
I will have to chec out Peirene Press – I don’t even know what it is…!
May I pose a question?Why Danish novels in particular?Are you Danish or Danish litterature is really that worth reading??
I am Danish 😉 And I think I should know about the cultural heritage of my country. I am not sue Danish literature in general is all that exciting or good but some of it is definitely worth reading – Peter Høeg, Karen Blixen, Hans Christian Andersen and more.
Query solved,thank you 🙂 I’ll try some of them,good luck finishing your goal!!
Thank you! We’re still in the planning and choosing stages but hopefully we’re ready to start reading by early next year.
I am Danish too. Where can I buy or borrow Danish books, either in Danish or translation?
Well, I live in Denmark so I have no problem with getting Danish books. But maybe try saxo.com.
Hi, I am looking for some English translations of old Danish books. Specifically thrillers. Where can I look for those? Thanks. I live in India.
I’m sorry – I don’t know. I don’t think that a lot of older Danish novels have been translated – I think that it’s mostly the newer ones after the Scandinavian crime novels have become so popular. By authors like Jussi Adler-Olsen (whom I don’t like all that much … or not at all really …) Sorry, this isn’t really my genre or area of knowledge.