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A Norwegian Odyssey
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<p><b>The wooden holiday cabin, or hytte, is a staple of Norwegian life. Robert Ferguson, author of <i>Scandinavians</i>, explores the significance of a national icon in this charming, affectionate history. </b></p><p>Turf-roofed and wooden-built, offering fresh clean air, peace, isolation and the promise of a day's wood-chopping, hiking or snow-clearing amid landscapes of great beauty, the hytte – or wooden cabin home – is a crucial part of the national identity of every Norwegian. In 2016, Robert Ferguson and his wife bought a piece of land high up in the Hardangervidda, the plateau that dominates south-central Norway, and on it they built such a hytte.</p><p>For Ferguson, the hytte represented the realisation of a dream that first brought him to Norway from England more than thirty years ago. As the cabin takes shape he learns, through conversations with friends and cabin-builders, the cultural history of modern Norway. He learns of the changing traditions attached to these cabin homes for native Norwegians as they try to marry their new-found urban affluence to their past as a tight-knit, impoverished rural community-nation.</p><p>Along the way he also describes the intense and mutually rewarding relationship that arose between the colonial Norwegians and their wealthy, imperialist British neighbours across the North Sea in the 19th and 20th centuries; how the British 'salmon-lords' showed them another way of looking at their great rivers, and how English climbers introduced them to a new way of thinking about their mountains.</p>

ISBN
9781786696762
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Head of Zeus
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Non Fiction
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Pages
432
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<p>The wooden holiday cabin, or hytte, is a staple of Norwegian life. Robert Ferguson, author of <i>Scandinavians</i>, explores the history and meaning of a national icon. </p>

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<b>PRAISE FOR ROBERT FERGUSON</b>: <br />
'<i>Scandinavians</i> 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' <i>Literary Review</i>. <br />
'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' <i>Irish Times</i>. <br />
'Charming, affectionate ... Penetrating'

David Aaronovitch, The Times

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50 integrated b&w
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9781786696755
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eBook
Title
The Cabin in the Mountains
ISBN
9781786696762
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Hardback
Title
The Cabin in the Mountains
ISBN
9781789544671
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Paperback
Title
The Cabin in the Mountains
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<p>An insightful exploration of a Norwegian national icon. </p>

<p>A celebration of the Scandinavian wilderness across the changing seasons. </p>

<p>Author is the translator of a Non-Fiction Book of the Year, <i>Norwegian Wood</i> by Lars Mytting.</p>

<p>MARKET: Robert Macfarlane; Andrew Brown. </p>

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