A Brief History of Norway by John Midgaard covers Norwegian history from prehistoric to modern times. The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America (translated by Magnusson/Palsson) tell of the discovery of America before the arrival of Columbus. A good accompaniment to both these works is The Viking World by James Graham-Campbell, which traces the history of the Vikings by detailing excavated sites and artefacts. The photos are excellent.Norwegian works of literature include Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset, a trilogy that portrays the struggles of a 13th-century Norwegian family; Hunger and Mysteries by Knud Hamsun, which delve into the troubled aspect of the human character; a number of Henrik Ibsen's classics, such as A Doll's House, Peer Gynt and Ghosts; and the contemporary international success Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder.Andrew Stevenson's affectionate and illuminous account of a walk from Oslo to Bergen, Summer Llight: A Walk Across Norway, published by Lonely Planet, reveals the magical appeal of this wonderland.Information on wilderness trails, hiking itineraries, sketch maps and details about trail huts can be found in Erling Welle-Strand's Mountain Hiking in Norway. Welle-Strand also wrote Motoring in Norway, a concise book describing the country's picturesque motor routes.
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