2024-03-20 Vesterheim Bokprat: Naïve. Super., by Erlend Loe



Wednesday, March 20 (7:00-8:15 pm CT)



Dr. Maren Anderson Johnson



This is an online class hosted on Zoom. 


Dr. Maren Johnson, Luther College's Associate Professor of Nordic Studies and Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies Director, facilitates a regular bokprat (book group), discussing Scandinavian authors and Scandinavian life. The March bokprat features Erlend Loe's novel Naïve. Super.

Troubled by an inability to find any meaning in his life, the 25-year-old narrator of this deceptively simple novel quits university and eventually arrives at his brother's New York apartment. In a bid to discover what life is all about, he writes lists, becomes obsessed by time and whether it actually matters, faxes his meteorologist friend, and endlessly bounces a ball against the wall. He befriends a small boy who lives next door, and he yearns to get to the bottom of life and how best to live it. Funny, friendly, enigmatic, and frequently poignant – superbly naive.



Registrants should secure their own copy of the book (available through Vesterheim Museum Store soon!) and have read it prior to the discussion. Students will need to provide a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

Special Instructions:  

When registering for the class, please make sure to use the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's email address or be prepared to forward all communications.

Enrollment Deadline: 

March 6, 2024


Click here to learn more about instructor Dr. Maren Anderson Johnson.

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