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The Cabin in the Mountains

A Norwegian Odyssey

Robert Ferguson

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Head of Zeus
01 October 2021
The wooden holiday cabin, or hytte, is a staple of Norwegian life. Robert Ferguson, author of Scandinavians, explores the history and meaning of a national icon.

The wooden holiday cabin, or hytte, is a staple of Norwegian life. Robert Ferguson, author of Scandinavians, explores the significance of a national icon in this charming, affectionate history.

Turf-roofed and wooden-built, offering fresh air, breathtaking views and peaceful isolation, the wooden cabin home - or hytte - is a crucial part of Norwegian national identity. In 2016, Robert Ferguson and his wife bought a piece of land high up in the Hardangervidda, and on it they built a cabin.

As the cabin takes shape, Ferguson learns how native Norwegians have married a new-found urban affluence to their past as a tight-knit rural community-nation, and confronts his own ideas about the dream-tradition of the hytte, drawing an affectionate but unsentimental portrait of Norwegian culture, society and landscape.

'Singular and captivating: the pursuit of a dream' Professor John Carey

'Illuminating' TLS

'An uncompromising journey into the dark cold north, to reveal the warmth that comes from deep community bonds' Tim Ecott
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Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781789544671
ISBN 10:   178954467X
Pages:   336
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Robert Ferguson is an award-winning writer, translator, and radio dramatist. He is the author of numerous books, including Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North, The Vikings: A History, Henrik Ibsen: A New Biography, and Enigma: The Life of Knut Hamsun, which was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Best Biography Award and won the University of London J.G. Robertson Award. His translation of Lars Mytting's Norwegian Wood won Non-Fiction Book of the Year in 2016. Born in the UK in 1948, he emigrated to Norway in 1983 and has made his home there since.

Reviews for The Cabin in the Mountains: A Norwegian Odyssey

PRAISE FOR ROBERT FERGUSON: 'Scandinavians is a terrific read ... [It] reads like many 19th-century travel books, which also combined wonderful narrative description with bright speculation ... It's this approach that makes the book so thoroughly enjoyable' Literary Review. 'Ferguson stretches wide the fabric of history, his knowledge and insights in the process bringing the varied stories of the Nordic people vividly to life' Irish Times. 'Charming, affectionate ... Penetrating' -- David Aaronovitch, The Times


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