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Selected translations of Danish Novels, Danish Poetry, and Audiobooks; translated by Michael Goldman.
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Balance

Michael Goldman

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Average Neuroses - Marianne Koluda Hansen - Translated from the Danish by Michael Goldman

Average Neuroses

Marianne Koluda Hansen

Average Neuroses is a remarkable collection of poetic narratives full of brutal honesty, sardonic wit, and wry humor. Hansen’s insight into the dulling desperation and routine of conventional lives—such as her own, which she characterizes as “ too good to throw away / and too boring to keep”—is profound: heartbreaking and hilarious all at once. This Danish poet pulls no punches; I admire her and her poetry, beautifully translated by Michael Goldman.

– Randi Ward, author of Whipstitches and winner of The American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Nadia Christensen Prize

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Fragments of a Mirror - Selected Essays by Knud Sønderby - Translated from the Danish by Michael Goldman

Fragments of a Mirror

Knud Sønderby

Among the highlights in this fine collection are bittersweet reflections about owning a boat, musings about darkness and the sound of the wind in West Jylland, and observations about the people Sønderby encounters on his travels across the picturesque Danish landscape. Full of deft humor and thoughtful introspection, Fragments of a Mirror offers up glittering shards of Knud Sønderby at his finest.

—Nicholas Litchfield, author of Swampjack Virus, editor of Lowestoft Chronicle

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Stories About Tacit by Cecil Bodker

Stories About Tacit

Cecil Bodker

A small group of social outcasts form a reluctant alliance on an abandoned farm in 1850’s Denmark.  Novel.

“raw and sensitive…unpredictable and universal”   “once-in-a-lifetime storytelling”  “reward in every sentence”

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Farming Dreams by Knud Sørensen

Farming Dreams

Knud Sørensen

Illuminates the farmer’s way of life and the decline of small farming. By one of Denmark’s foremost rural authors.  Poetry.

“an earthy celebration and elegy”  “intertwined beauty and sadness”

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Audiobooks on CD

Poetry for the Rest of Us – Audiobook

Benny Andersen

Benny Andersen’s poetry is humorous, ironic, and tender.  He is the all-time best selling, most celebrated contemporary  poet and lyricist in Denmark.  Prepare to be charmed, entertained and deeply touched by a writer who deftly wields irony and tenderness as he attempts to make peace with and understand the dilemmas of modern life.  His subjects include the vagaries of time, creativity in action, seizing the moment and respecting the past.

This volume is 78 minutes long. It contains 30 poems on one compact disc plus an 8 page booklet, with a message from Benny Andersen.  Poems are read by the translator.   $9.95 + shipping

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Poetry for the Rest of Us – Audiobook

Knud Sørensen

Denmark’s most highly awarded  contemporary rural author, Knud Sørensen illuminates in his poetry the tradition of family farming and the loss suffered as a result of the post-war mass-exodus from small rural communities.  Revisit this epochal shift in humanity’s stewardship of nature through masterful lyric story-telling about the heartbreak and celebration of farming.

This volume is 69 minutes long. It contains 34 poems on one compact disc plus an 8 page booklet, with a message from Knud Sørensen.  Poems are read by the translator.  $9.95 + shipping

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Poetry for the Rest of Us – Audiobook

Marianne Koluda Hansen

The poetry of Marianne Koluda Hansen is infused with a  humor that counter-balances the darkness of experience on the fulcrum of the reader’s heart.  With equal parts precision and compassion, Hansen illuminates our modern struggles with the need to belong, relative truth, manipulative behavior, and the psychic pressures of our resonant past and common present.

This volume is 69 minutes long. It contains 31 poems on one compact disc plus an 8 page booklet, with a Translator’s Introduction.  Poems are read by the translator.  $9.95 + shipping

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