Christmas in Scandinavia

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Sven Hakon Rossel, Bo Elbr?nd-Bek, David W. Colbert
U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Fiction - 182 pages
Anyone aware of the magic in Christmas will recognize the inspiration in these stories. Readers will encounter robbers on a raid, a homeless stranger seeking kindness, excited children, and a talking Christmas tree, all under the spell of the season. Here and there appear Nissen, the capped and bearded imps of mischief familiar throughout Scandinavia. Christmas in Scandinavia includes writers from Denmark, the Faroese Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Among the many masterpieces of the Christmas story are Hans Christian Andersen's "The Fir Tree" and stories by Nobel laureates Selma Lagerlvf and Johannes V. Jensen. Most of the seventeen pieces collected here have never before been available in English. Each is preceded by a brief headnote. In his introduction, Sven H. Rossel discusses the rich and fascinating Scandinavian Christmas traditions, the origins of this feast, and its celebration in contemporary Scandinavia. Sven H. Rossel is the general editor of the Histories of Scandinavian Literature, a series published by the University of Nebraska Press, and chair of Scandinavian languages and literature at the University of Vienna. Bo Elbrxnd-Bek is a lecturer of Danish literature at the University of Wisconsin. David W. Colbert lives in Seattle and is the author of The Birth of the Ballad: The Scandinavian Medieval Genre.
 

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Christmas In Scandinavia ($25.00 until Dec. 31, 1996; $30.00 thereafter; Sept. 1996; 280 pp.; 0-8032-3907-6): This marvelous anthology collects 17 splendid tales by 19th- and 20th-century writers from ... Read full review

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The story " The Legend of the First Christmas Presents" by Axel Hambraeus, is an inspiring story. It tells the story of what happens to three shepherds when they travel to see the new-born baby Jesus.

Contents

An Oldfashioned Christmas
1
The Fir Tree
11
Karens Christmas
19
Christmas Eve in the Henhouse
27
Christmas Matins in Finlands Barkbread Country
39
SI Before the Candles Go
51
Christmas Peace
61
The Legend of the Christmas Roses
67
JAKOB SANDE
103
The Christmas Basket
109
Advent in the Thirties
119
The White Church
135
The Legend of the First Christmas Presents
141
The Soldiers Christmas
147
Born of a Maid
155
Afterword
173

A Farm Owners Christmas
81
At the Bottom of the Snow Ocean
91

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Sven H. Rossel is the general editor of the Histories of Scandinavian Literature series published by the University of Nebraska Press, and the chair of Scandinavian languages and literature at the University of Vienna. Bo Elbrond-Bek is a lecturer of Danish literature at the University of Wisconsin. David W. Colbert lives in Seattle and is the author of The Birth of the Ballad: The Scandinavian Medieval Genre.

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