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DANISH LITERARY MAGAZINE

HIGHLY IMAGINATIVE SCIENCE NOVEL

HARALD VOETMANN

Alt under månen (Everything beneath the moon) Gyldendal 2014, 168 pages. FOREIGN RIGHTS: Leonhardt & Høier Literary Agency, Monica Gram, monica@leonhardt-hoier.dk

‘Nothing less than sublime.’ ‘Outrageously thought provoking and superb.’ ‘Just damn good writing.’ ‘A firework display of sensual excess and mysterious events.’ For once, the reviewers were unanimous when one of Danish literature’s most cerebral minds, Harald Voetmann, saw his novel Alt under månen (Everything beneath the moon) hit the streets earlier this year. A novel dark as night, festering, but also hilarious and visionary, tells of three nobles who are also scientists and mystics; namely the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe and his two assistants. During a year at the end of the 1500s, we follow the events on the fog-shrouded island of Hven, where these three men seek to solve the great mysteries of the universe in their underground

observatory Stjerneborg – when, that is, they are not obsessing about dreadful portents, death, sex or romance. With a Renaissance backdrop and huge advances in the arts and medicine, they engage in a mighty struggle to balance our bodily fluids – the eternal struggle to control nature – until Tycho Brahe gets into a serious tangle with the King, packs his gold proboscis and seeks sanctuary with the occultist Rudolf II of Prague. Harald Voetmann, born 1978, debuted in 2000 with the essay collection Kapricer (Caprices). His big breakthrough novel was Vågen (Awake) 2010, based on Pliny the Elder, which earned him a nomination for the Nordic Council Literature Prize.

A FATEFUL TALE Den endeløse sommer (The Endless Summer) tells of a group of people who, in the midst of a reckless love drama, discover that anything is possible. And fateful. In a few months, they have a lifetime of experiences, but death arrives to divide them. Central to the novel is a love story between a mother and her daughter’s friend and they experience such ferocious passion that it binds all the characters into an intriguing sort of ‘destiny-chorus’. A destiny whose hand reaches far beyond the summer in which the events unfold. A time like no other in their lives: this ‘endless summer.’ Under the pseudonym ‘Madame Nielsen’, one of Denmark most cutting-edge authors has added

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yet another voice and style to an already rich register. The author, born 1963 and better known as ‘Claus Beck-Nielsen’ and ‘Nielsen’, was nominated for the 2014 Nordic Council Literature Prize for the novel Mine møder med De Danske Forfattere (My encounters with Danish authors), 2013, which Weekendavisen describes thus: ‘Nielsen’s new novel is perfectly composed, funny and gives strange and rather unflattering portrayals of a number of Danish authors (…) Brilliant and very entertaining.’ In 2006 he was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize for Selvmordsaktionen (The Suicide Mission) published in 2005.

MADAME NIELSEN

Den endeløse sommer (The Endless Summer) Gyldendal 2014, 192 pages. FOREIGN RIGHTS: Leonhardt & Høier Literary Agency, Anneli Høier, anneli@leonhardt-hoier.dk PREVIOUS TITLES SOLD TO: Norway, Sweden.

Danish literary magazine autumn 2014  

This autumn’s book season is upon us and Danish Literary Magazine highlights some new books that show where Danish literature is ‘at’ right...