Janne Stigen Drangsholt
From Shakespeare to Knausgård
66 Classics You Were Supposed to Read but Most Likely Didn’t

Have you ever felt that there are books you really ought to have read? Do you fear that you’ll end up in awkward social situations because there are huge holes in your literary formations? Here is the solution!

Janne Stigen Drangsholt (The Ingrid Winter books) has for many years contributed to the immensely popular Norwegian Broadcasting podcast “Classic Literary Works in 4 Minutes”. Now she has teamed up with cartoonist Therese G. Eide ("All Quiet on the Home Front”) to create a fun, accessible, and incredibly useful introduction to 66 classic literary works. The selection ranges from Homer to Astrid Lindgren, Shakespeare, Knausgård, Neil Gaiman, Woolf and Mantel, and each and every work is presented in a lucid, humorous and compelling manner. You’ll laugh and learn at the same time. Afterwards, you can easily excel with your new-found knowledge in all sorts of social gatherings, and no one will be able to reveal that you haven’t read any of the literary works.

Full score for easy to read list over the classics… Here you get an entertaining book that makes you wiser than other books and thus a little smarter, and makes you smile. (6 out 6 stars.)


A shortcut to edification […] Drangsholt’s book is not only useful for those who wish to bluff their way to success. There is also a lot to gain here for avid readers who would like a little more insight into literary theory. - (5 out of 6 stars)

A shortcut to the classics. Stigen Drangsholt gives you all the help you need by extracting the essence from the classics. The introductory miniature portraits of the authors done by Eide in the vignettes are no less than impressive. (5 out of 6 stars)

...intellectual playfulness that makes this book a joy to read.
(5 out of 6 stars)

Janne Stigen Drangsholt

Janne Stigen Drangsholt

Janne Stigen Drangsholt is a Norwegian writer and academic scholar. Her first novel, The Bumblebee Catcher, was published in 2011, but she is best known for her books about the neurotic and habitually annoyed academic Ingrid Winter, featured in The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter (2015), Winter in Wonderland (2016), and Winter War (2018). In 2019 was Janne Stigen Drangsholt awarded the Stavanger Aftenblad Cultural Award.

Other titles

The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter (2015)
Winter in Wonderland (2016)
Winter War (2018)

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Edited August 25, 2020 by Northern Stories