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Smile of the Midsummer Night

A Picture of Sweden

Translated by Deborah Bragen-Turner
In Smile of the Midsummer Night, best-selling author Lars Gustafsson and Agneta Blomqvist present a very personal guide to their Swedish homeland. Setting off from the far South, their journey takes them up to Norrland, from the farms of Scania to Laponian, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But it is the idyllic fjord in Bohulän, located in the Västmanland region, as well as Mälar Lake and Stockholm that they call home. Throughout, Gustafsson and Blomqvist are full of entertaining suggestions for excursions, including journeys through forests and moors where you can take in the odd elk or wolf along the way and visits to August Strindberg’s and Kurt Tucholsky’s graves.

The first work of contemporary travel writing about Sweden by Swedish writers to have been translated into English, Smile of the Midsummer Night is a loving and poetic ode to this beautiful nation and a must-have for anyone interested in Scandinavia.

120 pages | 1 map | 5 x 6 3/5 | © 2015

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“Imparts a heart-warming sense of shared discovery and rediscovery.”

Times Literary Supplement

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Map of Sweden
The Swedish South
Marshland Berries
The Geometric City
A Hero from the Heartland of Bohuslän
Life by a Fjord
First Sign of Spring
Smile of a Midsummer Night
The Vanished East of Sweden
Journey on a Number Two Bus
Sounds of the City
What do Swedes do?
My Childhood Nockebytorg
Princess Cake
The Battle for the Elms
A Journey over Lake Mälaren
Landscape of Poets
Old Roads
The Weather in Sweden
At Elinore’s Bakery in Norberg
Saint Lucia
Sweden’s Forests
Lakes without Sails
Europe’s Peaceful Attic

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