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, we 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to do it with a great freedom of choice and from a high-quality production, ranging from Nobel Prize winners, either unpublished or newly translated, to the most talented voices of contemporary fiction.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.
Among the several prizes won by Iperborea’s authors in Italy, the following are worthy to be mentioned:
Iperborea itself has won many prizes:
The founder of Iperborea, Emilia Lodigiani, was bestowed in 1996 the title of Knight of the Order of the Polar Star, the highest recognition conferred to a foreigner in Sweden, by King Karl Gustav and the Swedish Parliament; in 2009 followed the Knighthood in the Order of White Rose of Finland for the commitment to circulation of Finnish Culture and Literature; and in 2011 she received the Knighthood in the Dutch Order of Orange-Nassau from the ambassador of the Netherlands in Italy.
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