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Recommended literature this summer

Book tips MODERN TIMES's critics and editors recommend books for the summer holidays.


MODERN TIMES mainly deals with case prose, but here the critics were free to choose from both new and old, which has provided an exciting selection. All books are available in the bookstore / online bookstore (Amazon, Ark, Adlibris, Tanum, Norli).

Ranveig Eckhoff

Eckhoff's recommended

Catch Catch: Wuhan Diary, Dispatches from a Quarantined City
(HarperVia, 2020)
A diary that is now published in e-book form, by one of Chinas most important writers today. This is what the New York Times says about the book: This book is most scorching in Fang Fang's calls to hold to account the leaders who downgraded and minimized the virus, wasting nearly three weeks and allowing it to seep into the world at large. She rallies around this topic like Henry V pacing the floorboards before the Battle of Agincourt. She may live meekly during the lockdown, but she writes bold sentences. [English e-book from Amazon, German hardcover or e-book from Hoffmann Campe at Lehmanns]

James Balvin: Giovanni's room
(Released 1956, Penguin 2007)
Balwin is a vintage writer, well ahead of his time. This tale of forbidden love from the 1950s puts a lot of perspective, not least these days. Here is an African American who over a half century ago gave himself a voice, one that is heard to this day.

Toril Brekke: Kobra Heart
(Ashes 2020)
Book number two in a trilogy that started with Everyone loved your mother. Toril is a classmate and we went to Nissen school together in the sixties. I can confirm that she takes this environment on the grain. Both deep plowing and easy to read, should be the perfect summer reading.

Eckhoff's Reviews and Articles can be found here.

 Niels Johan Juhl-Nielsen

Books Niels Johan

Bruno Latour: Down to Earth
(Danish edition: Information 2018, eng. Ed. Down to Earth, Police 2017)
With Coronavirus, we have been confirmed a vulnerability that necessitates a recovery. The period after World War II with the great acceleration is running out. Latour delivers a necessary bid for a rethink.

Anders Dunker: Rediscovering the Earth (DK: Publisher Real 2020, NO: Spartacus, 2019)
Quote from the book: "Technology must (… ..) be processed at all levels so that it supports an organic order, contributes to stability and reduces chaos, heating and dissolution".

Mickey Mouse: Bright green hope (Bible Society Publishers)
The climate and nature crisis is an expression of an ethical and spiritual problem. Bioethicist and theologian Mickey Gjerris offers a suggestion on how we can fundamentally change our understanding of the role of man in the world and what "the good life" is.

Juhl-Nielsen reviews and articles can be found here

Kjetil Korslund

Korslunds recommended

Dave Ball: Electronic Boy: My Life In and Out of Soft Cell
(Omnibus Press, 2020)
Very informative and entertaining biography from one of the synthpop's founders. His descriptions of growing up in Blackpool make Soft Cell's biotope better understand: Here are scammers, joys, dwarves, ladies with beards, and he who has been selling ice cream for 40 years.

Christian Adam: Read under Hitler: Author, Bestseller, Reader in the Third Reich
(Fisherman 2012)
The title says it all. This is the first thorough examination of what was actually read in Nazi Germany.

James Hogg: The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824)
One of the most interesting Gothic novels. The protagonist has been given strict Calvinistic discovery and is persuaded by a strange figure to kill people who are already condemned by God. The story is first told by "The Editor", then by the protagonist himself. But who is this other figure? Is he there?

Korslund's reviews and articles can be found here.

Truls Lie, editor

Truls recommended books

Karin Haugane: Language and experience
(Valid 2020)
The book addresses some important figures in cultural history, such as Paul Celan, Gunvor Hofmo or Sylvia Plath. In a way, maybe some of the book is similar to Hannah Arendts But in the Dark Times. But first and foremost, the book is printed from Haugane's own experiences.

George Agamben: The use of the bodies
(Publisher THP)
Agamben's latest major work, on biopower, government control over the bodies, or how he relates to thinkers like Michel Foucault and Martin Heidegger.

Jens Bjørneboe: Powder Tower
(Pax) In this novel, from the trilogy "The History of Bestiality", one can become acquainted with the "Protocol Leader" and some thoughts on anarchism. If you do not want to read directly in Bjørnebo's essay collection Police and Anarchy. Both at Pax Publishers.

Lies Reviews and Articles can be found here.

 Henning Næs

Henning's recommended books

Erik Fosnes Hansen: Reports on protection
A linguistically highly elaborate novel that consists of a number of different stories woven into each other. About all the different events we call coincidence.

Ian McEwan: Machines like me
An interesting story about a man introducing a third element into a relationship: a male, human-like machine, a so-called humanoid, and the problems this causes.

Martin Tesla: The strange case of Leira and Doctor Didriksen
About two brothers-in-law who wake up after a lasting root soak, and who discover that they have been moved five hundred years back in time, but are still in the same place – an island in the Oslo Fjord.

Næss' reviews and articles can be found here.

Nina Trige Andersen

Nina's recommended

Nina recommends the book she is currently reading:

Park Yung Rang aka Joan Rang Kristensen: Around the River Han
(Rebel Without a Cause, 2020)
A poetic, furious, curious, poignant and funny-despite story to explore and understand its own place in history – a story of war and big politics, divided families and shared destinies, racism and cash flows, good intentions and delinquent deeds, system lies and white lies, archival traces and document forgery. It is not small things that have taken place and are taking place (i) Around the River Han, and the book provides an insight into the transnational adoption system that goes directly into the nerve pathways.

Trige Andersen's reviews and articles can be found here.



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