Do you know that in Italy there is a publishing house specialized in Northern European literature?
Its name is Iperborea.
Iperborea was founded by Emilia Lodigiani in 1987, with the aim of making Northern European literature known in Italy. Being the first publishing house in Italy to explore this geographical area, they had the chance to do it with a great freedom of choice and from a high-quality production, ranging from Nobel Prize winners, either unpublished or newly translated, to the most talented voices of contemporary fiction.
In addition to Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland), Iperborea publishes literature from the Baltic states, the Netherlands, Iceland (including the ancient medieval sagas), as well as children’s fiction (in a series called I Miniborei), the Moomin comic strips by Tove Jansson and, since 2018, The Passenger, a book-magazine that collects reportages, long-form journalism and narrative essays with the aim of telling the story of the contemporary life of a country and its inhabitants.
Since 2014, Iperborea also organises in Milan and several other Italian cities the festival I Boreali, dedicated to Nordic cultures.
In 2018 Iperborea also received a financial support from C.M. Lerici Foundation for the publication of “Storia delle letterature scandinave” curated by Massimo Ciaravolo (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia).