Review no 38: Hans Christian Andersen (1805-75), The Snow Queen and other stories (Denmark)

EUROPE What better choice for Christmas Eve than a cold, seasonal fairy tale from that master of the form, Hans Christian Andersen? When I was very young, we used to visit my grandparents, and in the evening I would be put to bed with a selection of the few children’s books that my grandmother kept […]

Review no 24: The Guilty / Den skyldige, Danish film

Directed and co-written by Gustav Möller. Released October 2018. EUROPE I spotted this Danish thriller on Netflix UK, and settled down with a cuppa to watch, demanding that the husband pause progress on his ongoing Breaking Bad-marathon. I wasn’t sure whether this film was particularly representative of Danish film, and I still don’t really know […]

Review no 17: Tove Ditlevsen (1917-78), The Copenhagen Trilogy (Denmark)

EUROPE Translated from the Danish by Tiina Nunally (vols 1&2) and Michael Favala Goldman (vol 3) Penguin Books recently published Tove Divletsen’s autobiographical Copenhagen Trilogy as a beautiful three-volume set, entitled Childhood, Youth and Dependency (in Danish Barndom, Ungdom and Gift). They are gorgeous editions, and a pleasure to own, but it is a little […]

Review no 4: Olafur Eliasson, In Real Life

@ Tate Modern, London, UK from July 2019 until January 2020 DENMARK – ICELAND : EUROPE Olafur Eliasson, born in 1967, is an exciting and accessible contemporary artist, who was brought up in Denmark and Iceland. In the 1990s he moved to Berlin, Germany, where he established the Studio Olafur Eliasson. In 2003 I visited his […]