This summer, join Clark staff and other book lovers for lively discussions of three novels by Norwegian authors. In small groups, we will discuss how these authors’ treatment of identity and sense of place resonate with the life and work of Nikolai Astrup, whose paintings and prints are presented in Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway. All novels are available in English translations, and copies will be available for purchase in the Clark Museum Store.
The summer book club series concludes in August with The Complete and Original Norwegian Folk Tales of Asbjørnsen and Moe, compiled by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe and first published in 1841. Nikolai Astrup read and deeply admired these stories as a child. A new translation of the tales by Tiina Nunnally introduces readers to giant trolls, talking animals, and other remarkable beings that inspired Astrup in his creation of magical landscapes.
Other book club meetings take place on June 30 and July 28. This event is free, but space is limited to 30 attendees. Registration for this event begins on July 25. Please notify us if you change your plans after registering so that others may join the event.
This program is supported by a grant from the Asbjorn Lunde Foundation, Inc. and the Norwegian Consulate General, New York.
Image: Nikolai Astrup, Grain Poles (detail), c. 1920. Oil on canvas. The Savings Bank Foundation DNB / KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, Bergen.