"Looking for a last-minute gift that captures the spirit of Christmas? ... A Very Scandinavian Christmas: The Greatest Nordic Holiday Stories of All Time. This is the latest in New Vessel Press’s annual 'Very Christmas' series, following anthologies from France, Russia and Italy. Scandinavia is arguably ground zero for Yuletide, with its crisp weather, elk, gnomes and lingonberries. There are 18 stories, both by famous authors – Denmark’s Hans Christian Andersen, Norway’s Karl Ove Knausgaard and Sweden’s August Strindberg – and writers less well known beyond their borders."
—The Toronto Star
"They make Christmas stories seem relatively cool."
—The Drunken Odyssey
Our fourth book in the very popular Very Christmas series, this collection brings together the best Scandinavian holiday stories including classics by Hans Christian Andersen of Denmark; Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, August Strindberg and Hjalmar Söderberg of Sweden; as well as the acclaimed contemporary Norwegian authors Karl Ove Knausgaard and National Book Award nominee Vigdis Hjorth. These Nordic tales—coming from the very region where so much of traditional Christmas imagery originates—convey a festive and contemplative spirit laden with lingonberries, elks, gnomes, Sami trolls, candles, gingerbread, and aquavit in abundance. A smorgasbord of unexpected literary gifts that make up a vibrant, elegant hardcover volume sure to provide plenty of pleasure and hygge, that specifically Scandinavian blend of coziness and contentment.