Review: A Change of Time – Ida Jessen

A Change of Time - Ida Jessen

Set primarily in a small Danish parish called Thyregod, in the late 1920s, Ida Jessen’s A Change of Time (Archipelago Books, translated from Danish by Martin Aitken) contains the diary entries of Fru Bagge in the final days of her husband’s life, and the months that follow. Vigand Bagge was the region’s physician, and a seemingly very efficient and effective one, at that. It is also apparent, however, that there was more – or perhaps less – to the marriage than meets the eye.

Seven travel bloggers’ best literary travel stories

Hans Christian Andersen House, Odense

There are thousands of literary travel destinations all around the world. Visiting them can enhance your understanding of an author’s work – not to mention blow out your travel budget and to be read list on new books! – but not all of them are equally worth your time and hard-earned cash. So how do you know which places you should add to your bucket list, and which are best visited in your imagination? In this post, seven travel bloggers have taken the time to tell you about their experiences with some of the world’s best literary destinations.

Kronborg Castle, Helsingor, Denmark

Kronborg Castle, Helsingor, Denmark

“Gentlemen, you are welcome to Elsinore.”

So spoke Hamlet, Prince of Denmark to his friends-turned-spies, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Shakespeare’s tragic play, Hamlet. Based upon the ancient Norse story of Amleth, a prince of the Jutes whose father was murdered by his uncle in order to take the throne and marry the queen, Shakespeare moved his tale from Jutland to the Renaissance castle of Kronborg at Helsingor (translated to Elsinore in English).

The Little Mermaid statue, Copenhagen, Denmark

Little Mermaid statue, Copenhagen, Denmark

The statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen Harbour is Denmark’s top tourist attraction, and therefore needs very little introduction. Based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, in which a mermaid falls in love with a human and chooses to give up her immortality for a chance at love, The Little Mermaid sits patiently on a rock beside the harbour.