M.G. Piety

Merry Christmas!

In Once Upon a Time in Denmark, Publishing News, Resources for Kierkegaard Scholarship on December 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm
Ebba and Willie Mørkeberg's Christmas Tree, Frederiksværk, Denmark

Ebba and Willie Mørkeberg’s Christmas Tree, Frederiksværk, Denmark

Merry Christmas Everyone! I have a few Christmas goodies for you. First, I thought you might like to know about a new mystery by the writer Thom Satterlee entitled Stages. The protagonist is an American living in Copenhagen who becomes a suspect in a murder investigation. The action takes place in Copenhagen and includes Kierkegaard scholars among its cast of characters. Satterlee says the novel grew out of his interest in Kierkegaard.

“I began, originally,” Satterlee says, “to write poems about Kierkegaard. But then I got the notion, what if I pretended to be Kierkegaard, as he pretended to be other people? What if I imagined him as a closet poet, secreting away his poems …. [W]hat if a manuscript were discovered close to the time of his 200th birthday (May 5, 2013) …. I wrote the poems, but I became more interested in the story of how they would be received by his fellow Danes, now in the 21st century … In my mind, a mystery began to take shape. The mystery involved the theft of this priceless manuscript and a murder.”

Satterlee coverThe novel is available as an ebook for $2.99! Don’t let the price fool you though. Satterlee is an award-winning poet and literary translator. His bio on Amazon notes that ‘[h]is collection of poems Burning Wyclif was an American Literary Association Notable Book and a Finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award.” His other awards include an American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

My advice is to buy The Stages and start reading it today! It’s Christmas after all. You should do something fun!

For more fun, check out Michael McIntyre’s blog Extravagant Creation. WordPress is great about promoting the work of its bloggers. I got an email from WordPress about a month ago informing me that Michael McIntyre had subscribed to my blog. Included in the email was a link to McIntyre’s blog, so I checked it out. I try always to do that, not simply because it seems only right and proper to me that, as a blogger, I should support the work of other bloggers, but also because I’ve found some great stuff that way. There’s some amazing writing coming out of WordPress, both in terms of form and in terms of content.

McIntyre’s blog is a scholar’s dream. There’s lots there that would be of interest to Kierkegaard scholars, including entries on Johann Georg Hamann, N.F.S. Grundtvig, K.E. Løgstrup and Lev Shestov. There’s other great stuff as well, though, including posts on topics of more general appeal such as ethics, theology, and music. Spend a little time today perusing McIntyre’s blog. You won’t regret it!

Finally, I’d like to put in a plug for Peter Tudvad’s book from 2009 Sygeplejerske i Det Tredje Rige: En Danskers Historie (Nurse in the Third Reich: the story of a Dane). The book has nothing directly to do with Kierkegaard, but it is written by one of my favorite Kierkegaard scholars, Peter Tudvad, and the subject is a dear friend and long-time patron of Kierkegaard scholarship Ebba Mørkeberg. Ebba tutored me in German for about five years when I was living in Denmark. She also helped me with the more difficult German material that was included in my dissertation and, later, my book Ways of Knowing, and she expanded my personal library of 19th century Danish literature, philosophy, and theology, through repeated gifts from her own extensive library.

Ebbe Mørkeberg at the launch of Syplejerske i Det Tredje Rige, May 5th 2009

Ebba is a great lady and the story of her experiences in Germany in WWII is riveting.The book, alas, is available only in Danish, but for those of you who are tired of practicing your Danish by reading Kierkegaard, this book would be a welcome change. It will give you insight not merely into the life of it’s subject, but into the Danish psyche and to an important period in Danish history.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

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  1. Merry Christmas, what a wonderful Christmas present!! We have not had a word for months, possibly since last year.

    We are fine. Sylvia is, of course, working on her next book which is to be on character. I am expanding a bit on Carl Schmitt, the Nazi philosopher who had some interest in SK, enough, that is, to quote him in an book and make me angry nearly a century later. Although hyper-conservative enough to be a Nazi, he was not conservative enough for some, and so almost lost his life, only to be saved by Goering. He was never charged an Nurenburg and lived on into the 50s or 60s. I do not know if I will ever get this unwound. Do not over-read; I am in excellent health for my 82 years. Nothing fatal is going on inside except the bare undeniable evidence of aging.

    Sorry you guys are no more often in Florida than we are in Pennsylvania. Bob

    _____

    • Now Bob, I KNOW I’ve been in touch more recently than that! I remember emailing in any case, to let you all know that I wouldn’t be at the AAR this year. That was admittedly a pretty brief email though. I’m still here in Philly right now, but I’ll be down in Florida soon. I will try my best to make it down there to see you all this winter. It has been too long since we’ve gotten together, just the four of us. As it stands though, I plan to go to the St. Olaf event this June. Will you all be there? If so, we should plan to have dinner one evening.

      Your projects both sound great. I look forward to reading them. Have you been in touch with Tudvad? I think he’d be interested in your work on Schmitt. Give my love to Sylvia MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  2. And a Very Happy New Year!

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