Explore a selection of Danish literature in English translation with a new nationwide book club! The virtual group discussions will take place via Zoom. On December 14th, we will discuss "Babette's Feast" by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen).
About the book: Denmark, 1870s. Two deeply religious elderly sisters living in an isolated village take in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian war, Babette. She becomes their housekeeper and is happy to work for no pay. 14 years later, Babette wins a large amount of money in a lottery. The event coincides with the 100th anniversary of the birth of the sisters’ father, a devout Christian minister who had a great following in the village. Babette decides to throw a great dinner for the remaining followers to honor the occasion. One thing: the dinner will be French and once the ingredients start to arrive, the unsophisticated villagers suspect that something unholy is about to take place.
The National Danish Book Club and Literary Event Series is brought to you by Scan Design Foundation, Museum of Danish America, Northwest Danish Association, National Foundation for Danish America, National Nordic Museum, American-Scandinavian Foundation, University of Wisconsin – Madison, and the University of Washington Scandinavian Studies Department.
Book Club Discussions will be moderated by Faculty Associate Nete Schmidt from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Join us on December 14th, 2021 at 5:00 pm (PT) for this virtual group discussion.
Registration is required. After you register using this form, a link to the Zoom meeting and a password will be sent to the email you provide.