The History of Danish Dreams

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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 ...

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The History of Danish Dreams: A Novel

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Overview

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.

A magical family novel by the author of Smilla's Sense of Snow. Intricate, sprawling, and often hilarious, this novel offers, through a series of vividly imagined and wildly colorful characters, a very different account of the 20th century, which in Denmark encompasses the transition from a medieval society to a modern welfare state with its accompanying revolutions.

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"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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312428013
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 388,825
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2015

    Cutting, brilliant satire perfectly constructed. Not the jaw-dr

    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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