Hildegard of Bingen10,99 € 10,22 €
Recently I have been all about those medieval nuns. Hildegard of Bingen was a writer, herbalist, composer and all-around wonder living around 1100. I recommend listening to Sarah Angliss’ sound piece about Hildegard's life and how it relates to the pandemic. It’s available as a podcast called 'The Threads of the Air'. Translated by Mark Atherton.
Silvia Federici17,98 € 16,72 €
This book had a huge influence on me when I read it, and, I suspect, a lot of that went into 'The Employees'. With brilliance Federici manages to map out the connections between the violent historical shifts around 1600 (such as witch burnings and colonialism) and our society today. And she shines light on links between the market, reproduction rights, misogyny and racism. Came for the brilliant theory, stayed for how she burned Foucault and Marx. She also has such a good time with historical sources; simply a treasure.
Naja Marie Aidt9,99 € 9,29 €
A meditation on grief, a stammering requiem for Aidt’s son, who died in a tragic accident. It combines multiple genres to form a sort of tapestry, but rips itself apart again and again from the shock of death. Translated by Denise Newman.
Ursula Andkaer Olsen15,00 € 13,95 €
This is another great Danish writer: the contemporary poet Ursula Andkjær Olsen. I vividly remember reading this book in one sitting. It’s sort of like Nicki Minaj meets a teardrop, but the teardrop is made of steel. Translated by Katrine Ogaard Jensen.
Tove Ditlevsen9,99 € 9,29 €
As a Dane I must tell you about one of our absolute greatest writers, who has recently been translated. A working-class bildungsroman where the love of men, poetry and drugs take centre stage.
Sven Lindqvist10,00 € 9,30 €
I’m reading this right now and I love it. It’s a very personal, Swedish essay from 1992 about the links between colonial violence and the Holocaust. It’s a deeply moving reckoning with the European self-image. Lindquist combines source material with diary writing in such an inspiring way. I also like how you can detect his Scandinavian heritage in the style of his sentence: sparse.