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In her new book, partly inspired by Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Dy Plambeck, sends a young journalist deep into the dark heart of war  –  to Danish soldiers in Afghanistan.


The enemy is a human being. If I don’t know him intimately, I can’t decide whether or not to kill him. The enemy think’s like I do. That thought never leaves me. I look at the enemy without hatred. I do my utmost to seek him out in the frenzy of war and kill him. I expect nothing other from him than he will also seek me out to kill me. If I’m stuck too long in camp, fear of the enemy takes hold. The more time I spend out beyond those walls, close to the enemy, the more I can accept his proximity. In camp my fear looms over me. How long can I keep being that lucky? Is my number up? Deep within me there’s a hole. That’s where my breakpoint hides. I’ve seen the fear in the eyes of some of my comrades in our platoon. They’ve retreated to their hole. Now they can’t get out of it. When fear kicks in during the firefight, I try to look right through it. Way over to the far side of it. I can still fear specific things. But it’s more like – OK fine, I’m going to die, but I must deal with this split-second situation first. The most vital thing becomes doing what I came to do no matter what. Then I will always be the winner. Whether I live or die. Extract from MIKAEL (MIKAEL)


Danish literary magazine autumn 2014  
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...