The History of Danish Dreams

The History of Danish Dreams

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by Peter Hoeg
     
 

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From the author of Smilla's Sense of Snow comes this highly imaginative novel, "wonderful in scope . . . crammed with Danish history, social realism, satire, magic realism, high romance, and sexual goings-on" (Newsday).

In a Danish feudal castle, 1520, a count believes he has pinpointed

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From the author of Smilla's Sense of Snow comes this highly imaginative novel, "wonderful in scope . . . crammed with Danish history, social realism, satire, magic realism, high romance, and sexual goings-on" (Newsday).

In a Danish feudal castle, 1520, a count believes he has pinpointed the center of the universe--a patch of land on his estate. But when his discovery is met with disbelief, he walls off his mansion and has all of the clocks stopped. Four centuries pass instantaneously, and the count's young secretary, Carl, emerges from isolation to find a world bursting with war, innovation, love, sexuality, danger, and all the values of the sixteenth century turned upside down as though by supernatural forces--namely, the force of history. From one of our most gifted international writers comes a dazzling epic fairy tale, a tough fable about the gifts and iniquities of progress.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Høeg writes prose that is as bitter, changeable, and deep-fathomed as poetry--prose that demands to be read aloud and savored.” —The New Yorker

“An exuberant, freewheeling fantasy.” —The Washington Post

“A very fine piece of imaginative writing.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A young man's all-or-nothing book, as if Søren and Hans, those melancholy Danes, had teamed up and set sail, with Melville and García Márquez, to rewrite the universe.” —The Nation

“A uniquely talented writer . . . A multigenerational saga spanning four centuries of Danish history.” —Booklist

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hoeg's first novel is a satiric look at Danish social history. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312428013
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
09/30/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
717,421
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Hoeg, born in 1957 in Denmark, followed various callings--dancer, actor, sailor, fencer, and mountaineer--before turning seriously to writing. His work has been published in thirty-three countries.

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The History of Danish Dreams 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cutting, brilliant satire perfectly constructed. Not the jaw-dropping impact of Borderliners or The Quiet Girl but important to see this writer's range.
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