works

The following is a list of works perpetrated by the denizens of The Metabunker and info about how to get hold of them or where to learn more.
 
 

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“Un’opera giovanile di Tiziano: il Ritratto d’uomo di Copenaghen” in ARTE VENETA
By Matthias Wivel and Troels Filtenborg
Thorough investigation of Titian’s early Portrait of a Man on long loan to Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen. Examination of provenance, discussion of attribution and dating, and a detailed technical examination that uncovers the fact that the picture conceals an earlier, cancelled portrait. Both sitters are sought identified, the present one possibly as Giovanni Bellini.

Arte Veneta vol. 69, 2014, pp. 41-53. Consult at your local art library or order from here More information here at the Bunker.
 
 

“The Gloria that Wasn’t: Titian and Giulio Bonasone” in ZEITSCHRIFT für KUNSTGESCHICHTE
By Matthias Wivel
Article on Titian’s collaboration with the printmaker Giulio Bonasone, with a new attribution to the latter and new insights into the chronology of Titian’s pictures for Philip II and the Spanish court.

Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte vol. 77, no. 3, 2014, pp. 313-332. Consult at your local art library or order from here More information here at the Bunker. Table of contents here.
 
 

“Titian’s Venus and Adonis in Sixteenth-Century Prints” in MARBURGER JAHRBUCH für KUNSTWISSENSCHAFT
By Matthias Wivel
Article on Titian’s famous Venus and Adonis composition as printed in the sixteenth century, shedding light on his concurring development of the design in painting.

Marburger Jahrbuch für Kunstwissenschaft vol 40. 2014, pp. 113-127. Consult at your local art library or order from the University of Marburg More information here at the Bunker. Abstracts here.
 
 

“A Comical Reverse — Titian’s Doodles in Context” in ARTIBUS et HISTORIAE
By Matthias Wivel
Article on a previously unknown set of doodles on the back of a canvas by Titian, including what may be a caricature of Michelangelo. With an excursus on Raphael and Julius II’s beard.

Artibus et Historiae vol. 68, 2013, pp. 237-255. Consult at your local art library or order from IRSA More information here at the Bunker.
 
 

“A New Drawing by Titian” in THE BURLINGTON MAGAZINE
By Matthias Wivel
Article publishing a previously unknown drawing as a preparatory sketch by Titian executed for an unknown commission around c. 1548-52.

The Burlington Magazine March 2013, no. 1320 vol. 155, pp. 152-156. Consult at your local art library or order from The Burlington Magazine‘s website. More information here at the Bunker.
 
 
 
 

Entries in DÜRER TO DE KOONING: 100 MASTER DRAWINGS FROM MUNICH
By Matthias Wivel
Fourteen catalogue entries on German, Dutch and Flemish drawings of the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries for this catalogue of an exhibition held at the Morgan Library in New York 12 October 2012 — 6 January 2013.
 

Michel Semff et. al., eds., Dürer to De Kooning: 100 Master Drawings from Munich (Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2012) Can be ordered from the publisher here or here, or from one of the online bookstores. Read the New York Times review of the exhibition here.

 

“Titian’s St. Roch” in PRINT QUARTERLY
By Matthias Wivel
Article investigating the commission and iconography of the woodcut St. Roch designed by Titian. Proposes a new, earlier dating of the print and inserts it into Titian’s late 1510s and early 1520s development of the heroic male figure in his art.

Print Quarterly vol. XXIX, no. 2, 2012, pp. 131-141. Consult at your local art library or order from the publisher at Print Quarterly‘s website. More information here at the Bunker.
 
 

pn.jpg“Palle Nielsen — Helheden i fragmentet”, in PALLE NIELSEN — IN MEMORIAM
By Matthias Wivel
Article on the Danish graphic artist Palle Nielsen (1920-2002) examining the relation of his work to comics and cartooning. The book is an anthology of text and images by Nielsen himself, as well as articles on his work by Mikael Wivel, Poul-Erik Tøjner, Erik Fischer and Jørgen Gammelgård. It was published in conjunction with the retrospective of Nielsen’s work held at Sophienholm in Lyngby, Denmark, March 23 — June 9, 2002.

Mikael Wivel, ed. Palle Nielsen: In Memoriam (Lyngby, Sophienholm, 2002). Can be ordered from Sophienholm. Danish language.
 
 

smkj2001.jpg“Face to Face — On Eckersberg’s and Købke’s Discovery of the Modern”, in STATENS MUSEUM FOR KUNST JOURNAL 2001
By Matthias Wivel
Article on the modern aspects of the art of Danish Golden Age artists C. W. Eckersberg (1783-1853) and Christen Købke (1810-1848), published in the journal of the Danish national gallery.
 

Copenhagen, Statens Museum for Kunst (2002), pp. 50-73. Can be ordered from the museum book store. English language.
 
 
 

books and other publications
 
DOKUMENT
Edited by Steffen Rayburn-Maarup, Cav Bøgelund, Christoffer Zieler og Johan F. Krarup
Finely curated anthology of Danish comics approaches to the documentary genres. Includes “Nostalgia” by Johan F. Krarup and “Suicide Joe vs. The Dead Tree Press” by Thomas Thorhauge, both of which debuted in Kolor Klimax. Also includes work by Simon Bukhave, Cav Bøgelund, Ole Comoll,Ina Korneliussen, Lars Kramhøft & Cristina Bojesen, G.R. Mantard, Thomas Mikkelsen, Signe Parkins, Stine Spedtsberg, Rikke Villadsen, Philip Ytournel og Christoffer Zieler. Danish language.

Copenhagen, Aben Maler, 2012, 136 pages, color and black and white, DKK 280 kr. Order from the publisher.
 
 
 

KOLOR KLIMAX
Edited by Matthias Wivel, designed by Frederik Storm
Kolor Klimax — Nordic Comics Now unites twenty-two Nordic artists to present the best in Nordic comics right now. Focusing on work from Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, it offers a wide range of approaches and genres displaying amply the diversity and innovation in comics today. Produced by the Finnish Comics Society under their Nordicomics initiative and published by Fantagraphics Books.

Includes work by Mari Ahokoivu (F), Vanessa Baird (N), Mikkel Damsbo & Gitte Broeng (D), Joanna Rubin Dranger (S), Joanna Hellgren (S), Bendik Kaltenborn (N), Kolbeinn Karlsson (S), Peter Kielland (D), Johan F. Krarup (D), Tommi Musturi (F), Christopher Nielsen (N), Emelie Östergren (S), Signe Parkins (D), Joakim Pirinen (S), Ville Ranta (F), Aapo Rapi (F), Jenni Rope (F), Mårdøn Smet (D), Rui Tenreiro (Mozambique/N), Thomas Thorhauge (D), and Amanda Vähämäki (F).

Kolor Klimax is a head-turning compilation of new graphic tendencies by emerging and well-established Scandinavian artists. If at times the ‘something for everyone’ tendency causes the book to lose some of its focus, it is clear nonetheless that any reader is going to be astounded by some of the amazing works that were heretofore sheltered from them…. Ultimately, there is no way not to recommend Kolor Klimax. It showcases a wide range of extremely talented cartoonists, and will open your eyes to a whole world of comics that get far too little attention.”
– Bart Beaty, The Comics Reporter

“one of the best anthologies I’ve ever read”
Big Planet podcast 24 Feb. 2012


Seattle, Fantagraphics Books, 2011, 250 pages, color, $29.99. Order from the publisher or one of the online bookstores. Here is the complete press pack for
Kolor Klimax.
 
 
 

DET SIDSTE ORD
By Thomas Thorhauge, designed by Thorhauge and Frederik Storm
Introduction by film producer at Zentropa Peter Aalbæk, afterword by film scholar Peter Schepelern

This book collects and expands upon Thorhauge’s comic strip “True Story”, which ran in the Danish daily Politiken 2009-2010. Following the concept of his previous efforts, Jørgen Leth and Clint Eastwood (both of which are included, along with a third, previously unpublished feature on Marylin Monroe), the strip merged authentic quotes from film personalities with the cartoonist’s interpretation. In collected form, it takes on an additional dimension as an expression of Thorhauge’s own stage in life. In ture auteur fashion. Danish language.

**** (4 out of 6) “A delight… remarkable and seductive”
– Bo Green Jensen, Politiken

**** (4 out of 6) Det sidste ord is an impassioned tribute to the intellectual legacy of American as well as European film, sure to delight every movie fan.”
– Kristian Lindberg, Berlingske Tidende

Copenhagen, Rosinante, 2012), 144 pages, color and black and white, DKK 249,50. Order from the publisher. Additional information can be found on Thorhauge’s blog.
 
 
 

wonerland.jpgFROM WONDERLAND WITH LOVE — DANISH COMICS IN THE THIRD MILLENIUM
Edited by Steffen P. Maarup

As good an introduction to the best Danish comics has had to offer for the last decade or so, this anthology — co-published by Aben Maler and Fantagraphics Books, and thus available internationally — collects short comics works by the following artists: Zven Balslev, Vibe Bredal, Simon Bukhave, Allan Haverholm, HuskMitNavn, Peter Kielland-Brandt, Ib Kjeldsmark, Johan F. Krarup, G. R. Mantard, Søren Mosdal and Jakob Ørsted, Julie Nord, Signe Parkins, Mårdøn Smet, Jan Solheim & Maria Isenbecker, Thomas Thorhauge, Nikoline Werdelin, and Christoffer Zieler.

“An eye-opening cornucopia of visual storytelling styles traversing a wide variety of narrative avenues, this anthology gives a strong representation of contemporary Danish comics as a thriving comics culture…. An essential volume for those interested in comics’ global development and newest voices.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

“…if you love the place where art challenges the status quo and breaks new ground, you will feel at home here.”

– Ulf Reese Næsborg, Tegneseriesiden.dk

Copenhagen/Seattle, 2009, Aben Maler/Fantagraphics Books, 176 pages, colour, English language, DKK 240/$29.99. Order from Fantagraphics or from one of the internet bookstores.
 
 
 

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KOM HJEM
By Thomas Thorhauge, designed by Thorhauge and Frederik Storm
Thomas Thorhauge’s second graphic novel, telling the story Thea who, for a fresh start in life, goes to Normandy to live in a activists’ collective, while two people back home are thinking of her.

“Kom hjem [...] is without comparison the most ambitious and successful Danish, no, Scandinavian graphic novel — actually, it is fully commensurate with its international paragons… Kom hjem is an expansive work that treats serious subject matter without ever becoming didactic, but what makes it particularly great is its synthesis of form and content. It is in this respect, more than any other, that the book deserves an audience, also internationally. In every scene, Thorhauge probes the possibilities of the medium without ever losing himself in empty formalism. Perhaps the greatest achievement is that he so effortlessly experiments and thinks outside the box without ever losing sight of his story.”

– Benni Bødker, Information

“Its level of ambition recalls Chris Ware’s melancholy masterpiece Jimmy Corrigan. [...] It is greatly encouraging to read such an ambitious Danish comic, which so elegantly walks the fault line between the serious and fun.”

– Nikolaj M. Lassen, Weekendavisen

****** (of 6) “Kom hjem is amongst the best and most joyful things that have happened in Danish comics in a long time. And it also rates fully in an international perspective.”

– Hans Bjerregaard, Ekstra Bladet

Copenhagen, Rosinante, 210 pages, full colour, Danish language. DKK 249.95. Order from the publisher here. More information can be found on Thorhauge’s blog.
 
 
 

eastwood.jpgCLINT EASTWOOD
By Thomas Thorhauge
Another installment in Thorhauge’s essays of quotational fiction, this time focusing on the venerable American actor and director.

“…if one cares about comics analysis, a lot really happens on these few pages, and when one considers what a low price this gem retails at, there is really no reason not to hurry up and acquire a copy before everyone else discovers that Clint Eastwood is available for chump change.”

Kulturkapellet

Copenhagen, Aben Maler, 24 pages, black and white. DKK 35.00. Can be ordered from the publisher, who also offers excerpts. Additional information can be found on Thorhauge’s blog.
 
 
 

JØRGEN LETH
By Thomas Thorhauge
24-page comic in which T. Thorhauge gives us his disturbingly symbolic and wickedly funny take on Danish writer, filmmaker and sports commentator Jørgen Leth.

“It is fantastic to see this man, living according to aethetic principles, not giving a shit, indulging his curiosity and following his impulses. Totally and unflinchingly. I am happy to see that there are still eccentrics of his kind amongst us here in Denmark — people who march to the beat of a different drummer.”

– T. Thorhauge, to Euroman.

“Extraordinary”

– Hans Bjerregaard, Ekstra Bladet


Copenhagen, Aben Maler, 24 pages, black and white. DKK 35.00. Can be ordered from the publisher, who also offers excerpts. Additional information can be found on Thorhauge’s blog.

 
 
 

BLÆK
Edited by Matthias Wivel & T. Thorhauge, designed by Frederik Storm

BLÆK is a delirious smorgasbord of comics and nonsense from 29 of Denmark’s finest cartoonists and picturemakers. It seeks to simultaneously define and challenge the state of the art form in Denmark today and thus presents everything from traditional narrative comics to a variety of fine arts approaches to the form. Frivolous yet focused, hard yet smooth.

Includes contributions by: Zven Balslev, Nina Jan Beier and Marie Jan Lund, Søren Behncke, Simon Bukhave, Cav Bøgelund, Jan Oksbøl Callesen, Ole Comoll Christensen, Anna Gulmann, Ingen Frygt, Peter Kielland-Brandt, Ib Kjeldsmark, Loka?, Ina Kjølby Korneliussen, Peter Madsen, Søren Mosdal and Jakob Ørsted, Julie Nord, REBUS, Michael Rytz, Johan Nørgaard Pedersen, Christian Skovgaard Petersen, Mårdøn Smet, Jan Solheim, Jens Thegler, Thomas Thorhauge and Kathrine Ærtebjerg.

The book was selected as one of the books of the year in 2006 by the Danish Association of Bookbinders for the design work on the cover by Frederik Storm and the artwork of Jan Solheim.

****** (6 out of 6) “Of staggeringly high quality”

- Kristian Lindberg, Berlingske Tidende

“An almost monstrously sovereign publication. Do buy it – this breakthrough manifestation of the graphics of a new age.”

- Søren Vinterberg, Politiken

Copenhagen: Politikens forlag, 2006, 224 pages, full colour, DKK 199.00. SOLD OUT from the publisher. Danish language, but contains large amounts of wordless material.
 
 
 

FORANDRINGSTEGN — DE NYE TEGNESERIER
By Matthias Wivel & T. Thorhauge, designed by Frederik Storm

Forandringstegn is an introduction to the new wave in comics that has changed the landscape of Western comics so thoroughly over the last decade and a half.

In addition to both a written and a comics form-introduction to the field by the authors, the book contains short comics by, and extensive interviews with David B., Ben Katchor, Anke Feuchtenberger, Martin tom Dieck, Jim Woodring, and Dylan Horrocks.

The book was selected as one of the books of the year in 2004 by the Danish Association of Bookbinders for the design by Frederik Storm.

“Prophetic… Overturns the status quo”

- Søren Vinterberg, Politiken

“One of the very best books on comics ever written in Scandinavia”

- Fredrik Strömberg, sekventiellt.se

Copenhagen: Forlaget politisk revy, 2004, 240 pages, black & white/colour, DKK 198.00. Can be ordered by sending an email to the Metabunker. Danish language.
 
 
 

BLÆK — BANDES DESSINÉES DANOISES
Edited by Matthias Wivel
Anthology published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name at the Maison du Danemark in Paris, Summer of 2003. In addition to an introduction to comtemporary Danish comics by the editor, it contains comics by the following cartoonists: Simon Bukhave, Ole Comoll Christensen, Ivar Gjørup, Peter Kielland-Brandt, Peter Madsen, Søren Mosdal, Mårdøn Smet, Jan Solheim, Jakob Martin Strid, T. Thorhauge and Nikoline Werdelin.

Paris: Éditions Frémok, 2003, 110 pages, black & white, €16.00. Can be ordered from the publisher or via French internet booksellers such as amazon.fr and fnac.com. French language.
 
 

RACKHAM

Rackham was a critical journal on comics and cartoon art in Danish, five issues of which were published between 2000-2005. Rackham also exists in an extensive online version, active between 2002-2006 and now placed in hibernation. It can be found here.
 
RACKHAM #1: Interview with Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean; articles and essays on the work of Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman; more. DKK 29.75.
RACKHAM #2: Comics essay on Scott McCloud by T. Thorhauge; interview with Jason Lutes; articles on David B., Will Eisner, more. DKK 29.75.
RACKHAM #3: Interview with and essays on Carl Barks by Frederik Stjernfelt, William van Horn, Donald Ault and others; interview with Joe Sacco; a review of Saccos Safe Area Gorazde by Karsten Fledelius; essay on Prince Valiant by Per Kirkeby; more. DKK 39.50.
RACKHAM #4: In-depth interviews with, and sketchbook sections by 9 contemporary Danish cartoonists: Ole Comoll Christensen, Ivar Gjørup, Peter Kielland-Brandt, Peter Madsen, Søren Mosdal, Mårdøn Smet, Jan Solheim, Jakob Martin Strid and T. Thorhauge; comics essay on Claus Deleuran by T. Thorhauge; more. DKK 99.50.
RACKHAM #5: Interviews with John Romita Jr., Peter Snejbjerg; gigantic essay on the life and work of Jack Kirby by Matthias Wivel; comics essay on the Danish political situation 2005 by T. Thorhauge; more. DKK 59.50.
 
All issues of Rackham are available. They are available individually or at a package price of DKK 160.00 + postage, and can be ordered by sending an email to the Metabunker. The official website has more info on their contents. All of them are Danish language.
 
 

criticism, journalism, essays, etc.

Story notes in Walt Disney’s DONALD DUCK and UNCLE SCROOGE
Matthias Wivel is part of a team of writers providing story notes for the comics written and drawn by Carl Barks (1901-2000) as reprinted in the ongoing series of books from Fantagraphics Books that will eventually collect his complete Disney comics. So he has written about the following stories: “The Waltz King” and “Terrible Turkey” for Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 5), “Wintertime Wager” and “Sheriff of Bullet Valley” for Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: The Old Castle’s Secret (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 6), “Luck of the North” for Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 8 ) and “Think Box Bollix” and “The Gilded Man” for Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: A Christmas for Shacktown (The Complete Carl Barks Disney Library Vol. 11).


Since 2002, Matthias Wivel has contributed occasionally to the Copenhagen daily Information. Since 2013, he has reviewed comics there regularly. Author index. Danish language.
 
 


Wivel and Thorhauge were among the founders of the Danish comics site Nummer9.dk in 2010 and remain on its editorial board and among its contributors. Author pages: Wivel, Thorhauge.
 
 


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“Lost History” in THE COMICS JOURNAL #302
Essay on Jacques Tardi’s 1988 masterwork 120 Rue de la Gare
“The Constant Garage” in THE COMICS JOURNAL #300
Essay on Moebius’ classic Hermetic Garage and its various permutations over the years. Also available online.
The Emmanuel Guibert Interview, by Matthias Wivel, in THE COMICS JOURNAL #297
An in-depth interview with the French cartoonist.
Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2009, $11.99.
The Jason Interview, by Matthias Wivel, in THE COMICS JOURNAL #294
An in-depth interview with the Norwegian comics auteur.
Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2008, $11.99.
The Lewis Trondheim Interview, by Matthias Wivel, in THE COMICS JOURNAL #283
An in-depth interview with the cartoonist and L’Association co-founder.
Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2006, $11.95.
The Jean-Christophe Menu Interview, by Matthias Wivel, in THE COMICS JOURNAL #277
An in-depth interview with the cartoonist and L’Association co-founder.
Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2006, $12.95.
The David B. Interview, by Matthias Wivel, in THE COMICS JOURNAL #275
An in-depth interview with the cartoonist and L’Association co-founder.
Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2006, $9.95.
“The Old World of the Present — The Narrative Work of Palle Nielsen”, by Matthias Wivel, in THE COMICS JOURNAL #244
Article on the narrative cycles of Danish graphic artist Palle Nielsen (see Palle Nielsen — In Memoriam, above, for more).
Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2002, SOLD OUT.

In addition to this, installments of Wivel’s column on European comics, “Continental Drift”, can be found in issues #296 and 299. Wivel’s column for the current (since 2011) iteration of The Comics Journal website, “Common Currency” as well as other contributions can be found here.
Back issues of the Comics Journal can be ordered directly from the publisher.
 
 


Since 2010, Matthias Wivel has been contributing the comics column DWYCK as well as other content to this, one of the most outspoken journals on comics, popular and high culture on the web. Author index.
 
 

RAPSPOT
Rapspot is a Danish hip hop-site, offering news, reviews, interviews and other editorial content on hip hop music and culture. Matthias Wivel has been an irregular contributor since 2001, and has amongst other things conducted interviews with Nas and Damian Marley (English version here), Jneiro Jarel and Khujo Goodie (Willie Isz) — English version hereAlias, Passage, Bomarr Monk, Telephone Jim Jesus & Dosh of Anticon, Anti-Pop Consortium, Birdy Nam Nam, El-P and Aesop Rock — English version hereGift of Gab, The Perceptionists, RJD2, and Saïan Supa Crew. With few exceptions, everything is Danish language.
 
 

“On the Real — An Interview with Chester Brown” in CHESTER BROWN: CONVERSATIONS
By Matthias Wivel
A 2004 interview with the cartoonist, focusing on his then recent graphic novel Louis Riel. You can read the full interview in English here and in Danish here.
Dominick Grace and Eric Hoffman, eds., Chester Brown: Conversations (Jackson MS, 2013). Can be ordered from the publisher or one of the online bookstores.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Entries in 1001 COMICS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE
Edited by Matthias Wivel
Entries on the Danish comics in this catalogue of worthwhile world comics edited: Storm P.’s Peter og Ping, Palle Nielsen’s Orfeus & Eurydike, Claus Deleuran’s Rejsen til Saturn, and Nikoline Werdelin’s Homo Metropolis, as well as (incongrously) Frank Miller’s DK2: The Dark Knight Strikes Again.

Paul Gravett, ed., 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die (London: Universe/Cassel). Available in several international editions, including American, French, and German. More information here at the Bunker and, especially, at Paul Gravett’s website.
 
 

comix_t.jpgCOMIX
Edited by Anna Krogh
Catalogue of the exhibition of the same name, shown at Brandts klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark in the Fall of 2007. It contains short primers of the work of the participating artists: Yoshitaka Amano, Søren Behncke, Martin Bigum, Robert Crumb, Jesper Dalgaard, David B., Kristian Devantier, Nathalie Djurberg, Marcel Dzama, Claus Ejner, Inka Essenhigh, Anke Feuchtenberger, Phoebe Gloeckner, Huskmitnavn, Killoffer, Ida Kvetny, Peter Land, Anders Nilsen, Paperrad, Dan Perjovschi, Anne Marie Plough, Fredrik Raddum, Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen, David Shrigley & Chris Shepherd, Thaddeus Strode, Tal R, Magnus Wallin, and Yokoland. Furthermore, it includes essays on the relationship between comics and the fine arts by Anna Krogh, Sanne Kofod Olsen and Matthias Wivel (who acted as a consultant to the exhibition and contributed a slightly different version of this article to the catalogue).

Anna Krogh, ed., Comix (Odense, Brandts klædefabrik, 2007). Can be ordered from the Museum. Available in both English and Danish versions.
 
 

kulturo22.png“Modernitetens gøgeunge banker på” (Wivel) og “Det filmisk!” (Thorhauge) in KULTURO
Wivel and Thorhauge both contributed articles to this special issue of the Copenhagen University Journal of Modern Culture.
 
Kulturo no. 22 (2006). Danish Language. Can be downloaded in PDF form here, and an updated version of Thorhauge’s essay is available here.