Spuyten Duyvil | Fiction | 148 pages
Cecil Bødker (born 1927) is one of contemporary Denmark’s most highly awarded and prolific female authors. She has written 59 books including poetry, novels for children and adults, short stories and plays. Best known for her young-adult fiction books, in 1976 she received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Writing for her lasting contribution to children’s literature. In 1998 she was awarded the Grand Prize of the Danish Academy, the highest honor awarded to an author in Denmark, for her body of work.
Translated from Danish by Michael Goldman.
“Cecil Bødker’s characters are raw and sensitive, unpredictable and universal. The young boy, Tacit, untangles secrets in mythic stories of family, love and sacrifice. Each character has refused to leave me.”
– Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times bestselling author of The Center of the World.
“Once-in-a-lifetime storytelling with the power of Faulkner. These characters live and breathe in Michael Goldman’s expert translation. Cecil Bødker’s prose rings with sheer humanness that connects us all.”
– Casey Harding, Managing Editor, The Missing Slate
“The first words, the first lines, and we are her captive and her fan. There is no waiting for a reward; it is there in every sentence. Beautiful work based on language, style, and description of characters and society.”
– Annelise Vestergaard, Jyllands-Posten