How To Be Danish

I got into a bookshop in Helsingør to ask about Danish writers whose literary work has been translated into English. I had Klaus Rifbjerg’s Terminal Innocence in mind. They didn’t have it. Just as I was leaving the shop, I happened to find a book by Patrick Kingsley, a journalist for the Guardian: How to be Danish: A journey to the cultural heart of Denmark. It’s about contemporary Danish culture that spans politics, television, food, architecture and design. All from an outsider’s (and a journalist’s) perspective. Some of the chapter titles: Work well, play well: A Scandinavian education, More than just chairs: the Danish DNA, Ramsons and seaweed: The Nordic food revolution, After the Killing (TV series)… I will now enjoy reading it.

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