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BY THE FIRE event at the American Swedish Institute with Barbara Sjoholm

When May 08, 2019
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where American Swedish Institute, Larson Hall, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55407
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By the Fire (Emilie Demant Hatt and Barbara Sjoholm)Barbara Sjoholm will be at the American Swedish Institute on Wednesday, May 8 at 6:00 p.m. for a discussion and signing of her translation of Emilie Demant Hatt's By the Fire: Sami Folktales and Legends.


These stories, collected by the Danish artist and ethnographer Emilie Demant Hatt (1873–1958) during her travels in the early twentieth century among the nomadic Sami in Swedish Sápmi, grant entry to a fascinating world of wonder and peril, of nature imbued with spirits, and strangers to be outwitted with gumption and craft. This first English publication of By the Fire is at once a significant contribution to the canon of world literature, a unique glimpse into Sami culture, and a testament to the enduring art of storytelling.


"By the Fire offers insights into the fascinating Sami storytelling tradition at a time when folk beliefs met Christianity—where motifs from Cinderella and legends about sea monsters intertwine in milieus as diverse as icy mountains and tobacco fields. Barbara Sjoholm's translation renders these wonderful stories in all their darkness and power." —Coppélie Cocq, Umeå University

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