Neal Ashley Conrad and Master Fatman
Lars Krabbe

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Learn more about a classic. Hear Master Fatman talk about Proust, Knud Romer about Heidegger, Christina Hesselholdt about Virginia Woolf and Christian Lollike about Ludvig Holberg.

These four podcasts are part of our series "Classical Refinement", where cultural personalities with a passion for a specific classic introduce the listener to landmark literature and thinking. They are recorded with live audiences in our old reading room in The Black Diamond, Copenhagen.

Marcel Proust - Master Fatman and Neal Ashley Conrad

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Together with Denmark's leading Proust expert Neal Ashley Conrad, Master Fatman talks about Proust's behemoth work In Search of Lost Time. They talk about happiness, problematic love and the great experience hiding in Proust's work - if you do not give up along the way, that is.

The recording was made on 7 March 2019. Master Fatman, given name Morten Lindberg, died three weeks later. In the podcast, you can experience one of his last appearances where you can clearly feel the mixture of warmth and passion that Master Fatman was known for.

Virginia Woolf - Christina Hesselholdt

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Virginia Woolf is one of the greatest writers of the 20th century and an important woman in the history of feminism. In the podcast, author and cand.phil. in Literary Studies, Christina Hesselholdt, shares her passion for Woolf and her works.

Ludvig Holberg - Christian Lollike

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How do you get into the life of the writer Ludvig Holberg and his texts from the beginning of the 18th century? Listen to this podcast and learn more about what characterizes Holberg's works, how Erasmus Montanus suddenly became relevant during the Muhammad crisis, and why the almost 200-year-old works still make sense in 2019.

Martin Heidegger - Knud Romer

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In the podcast, Knud Romer wrestles with one of history's greatest and most discussed philosophers - Martin Heidegger. Hear why Heidegger is an eerie educator, how all his texts can be read as a play on words, and what to do about the great existential anxiety Heidegger's work causes.