Author of And in the Vienna Woods the Trees Remain and 1947: Where Now Begins with author Elisabeth Asbrink
Elisabeth Åsbrink is a writer and journalist based in Stockholm and Copenhagen. In her essays and reviews of books, published in both Swedish and Danish press, she focuses on the aftermath of WW2 and deals with memory and oblivion.
Her latest non-fiction book, MADE IN SWEDEN, deals with the Swedish culture and self-image.
In the midst of it all, a ten-year-old Hungarian Jewish boy resides in a refugee camp for children of parents murdered by the Nazis. This year he must make the decision of a lifetime, one that will determine his own fate and that of his daughter yet to be born, Elisabeth. And in Vienna the Trees Remain is based on 524 letters written to a boy who was sent to Sweden in 1939 by his parents in Vienna, to escape the Nazi persecution.
The non-fiction book, 1947 When Now Begins marks a turning point in the twentieth century. Peace with Germany becomes a tool to fortify the West against the threats of the Cold War. The CIA is created, Israel is about to be born, Simone de Beauvoir experiences the love of her life, an ill George Orwell is writing his last book, and Christian Dior creates the hyperfeminine New Look as women are forced out of jobs and back into the home.
Thursday, September 3
Noon EDT | 11am CDT | 9am PDT
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