The long awaited new novel from the author of Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow.
Born in 1957, Peter H eg published his first novel in 1988, having followed various callings - dancer, actor, fencer, sailor, mountaineer - before turning seriously to writing. With his second novel, Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow, he has become an internationally acclaimed writer.
Finally, a follow-up to Smilla's Sense of Snow. In contemporary Denmark, a circus clown who's frantically in debt agrees to serve as guardian for a group of children with mystical gifts. Then he discovers the children's real purpose. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
With his cool intelligence, James Gale is an ideal choice to read Hoeg's latest intellectual thriller. Like Smilla's Sense of Snow, Hoeg has created a Fellini-like world of bizarre and dreamlike landscapes and events. Gale wisely underplays just enough to make listeners eager to find out more. In a flooded part of Copenhagen, Kasper Krone-a famous clown, psychic and passionate lover of the music of Bach-has run afoul of the tax authorities and faces deportation. But a bureaucrat from the Kafkaesque "Department H" promises to make the charges disappear if Krone will help them locate a young girl who was once Krone's pupil, now being looked after by a society of nuns. Gale guides the characters through a tangled tale of music and mystery without missing a beat or overstating a point. Gale makes Krone a wonderful mixture of motives and passions, and his villainous bureaucrat reeks with the banality of evil. Simultaneous release with the FSG hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 3). (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.