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PHOTO: ROBIN SKJOLDBORG

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Readers’ Book Prize

The Critics’ Prize

‘You are quite simply a frighteningly good storyteller,’ said Berlingske’s literature editor as he awarded his newspaper’s prize, in conjunction with the Danish Library Association, to Sissel-Jo Gazan for her detective novel Svalens graf (The Swallow’s Graph). The novel is both an edgy tale of family secrets and a scientific cop mystery that probes a seemingly unbelievable truth. It has been widely praised, both for its finely drawn characters, gripping plot and beautifully told family drama. Svalens graf (The Swallow’s Graph) is a standalone continuation of Dinosaurens fjer (The Dinosaur Feather) 2008, which earned SisselJo Gazan Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s Novel Prize, amongst others.

‘Never has our winner contained such bad Danish (and English). On the other hand, never has any author since P. Sørensen Fugholm achieved such ingenious originality with screamingly funny misspelling and crap punctuation.’ That was just one of the brilliant explanations for awarding Kritikerprisen to Niels Frank for Nellies bog (Nellie’s Book), in which Nellie is both the main character and author. Nellie puts his own bewildered spin on life with uncle Benn and aunty Hellen. Or maybe weird is a better word. But you’re never really sure if Nellie is telling it straight, or if all those films he watches are in there as well, not to mention his highly wrought inner world.

Svalens graf (The Swallow’s Graph) Gyldendal 2013, 480 pp. FOREIGN RIGHTS: Salomonsson Agency, Niclas Salomonsson, info@salomonssonsagency.com PREVIOUS TITLES SOLD TO: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States.

Nellies bog (Nellie’s Book) Gyldendal 2013, 280 pp. FOREIGN RIGHTS: Gyldendal Group Agency, Jenny Thor, jenny_thor@gyldendalgroupagency.dk

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...