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Nordic Book Club, May 2024

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Nordic Book Club, May 2024
Nordic Book Club, May 2024

Time & Location

May 14, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

Virtual, via Google Meet

About the Event

Join us in May as we read The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World, by Patrik Svensson, translated by Agnes Broomé.   The Swedish-language version won the 2019 August Prize for Nonfiction.

From the publisher:

Remarkably little is known about the European eel, Anguilla anguilla. So little, in fact, that scientists and philosophers have, for centuries, been obsessed with what has become known as the “eel question”: Where do eels come from? What are they? Are they fish or some other kind of creature altogether? Even today, in an age of advanced science, no one has ever seen eels mating or giving birth, and we still don’t understand what drives them, after living for decades in freshwater, to swim great distances back to the ocean at the end of their lives. They remain a mystery.

Blending memoir and nature writing at its best, Svensson’s journey to understand the eel becomes an exploration of the human condition that delves into overarching issues about our roots and destiny, both as humans and as animals, and, ultimately, how to handle the biggest question of all: death. The result is a gripping and slippery narrative that will surprise and enchant.

You can read an article about Swedes' fascination with the book at the New York Times.

You can purchase the book here.

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