Booknotes from Our Staff

We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The Vikings are synonymous with prodigious seafaring, yet what became of the Scandinavian passion for the open sea once those fearsome longships ceased to ride the waves? Can it be that to this day stalwart Norsemen brave the icy seas seeking excitement and renown? The hailing port of this novel is the Danish town of Marstal, where the cemeteries are filled with women and children. The men are rugged sailors, and are mostly entombed in watery graves. This is a tremendous epic that spans generations, circumnavigates the globe, and brings the adventure and tradition of the Norse Saga into the Modern Era. –Jamil



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