Every other Saturday, Magnus Västerbro present the newest of the old, and also tests the readers in a quiz.
– I will make a selection of historic news – it can be about new research, discoveries, or theories of history. I choose the funniest, most interesting or surprising from the world and Sweden. It will not be extremely in depth but which arouses the interest of the people.
– about how people lived in the past. I'm not so interested in wars and kings, but more of specific things – like when you for a while, then found a stool from the middle ages and saw what people actually ate in Copenhagen. Or when dug out of the first pilgrims from the 1600's and found the predecessor to Thanksgivingmåltiderna, this is awesome, when you can see that people actually ate turkey at the time. But it can also be such as poking holes in myths about the history! The movie ”Hysteria” with Maggie Gyllenhaal was all about how to cure women's anxiety in the 1800s through massage with dildos – it wasn't the case, it is a myth.
" I assume from that, when I become curious, will the other also it. It is not more complicated than that. Some of the things I write about feels incredibly distant and strange, others can easily relate to – both aspects are exciting. History is about what people are or can be, that we get perspective.
I would really like to – it is pretty damn geeky, but – there is that someone broke the Voynichmanuskriptet, a book from the 1400s that no one can decipher. Maybe there are historic discoveries that would be more important, if someone discovered that Hitler was the illegitimate child of a jewish father or so. But Voynichmanuskriptet would make me really happy. People have tried to crack it for many decades, but unfortunately, it seems not like that the text means something. But it would be wonderful if it turned out to be a book with a real story and content!
In november, got Magnus Västerbro the August prize for best non-fiction book of the ”Hunger. The great famine that shaped Sweden”. Right now he is completing his next book, which is given out in the fall.
"it is about The spöktro in the story, and the skeptical thinking is history," says Magnus Västerbro.
Read more: Interview with Magnus Västerbro of ”Starvation. The great famine that shaped Sweden”