The internationally acclaimed bestselling author of Smilla's Sense of Snow returns with this "engrossing, beautifully written tale of suspense . . . captivating" ( The Miami Herald ).
Set in Denmark in the here and now, Peter Hoeg's The Quiet Girl centers around Kaspar Krone, a world-renowned circus clown with a deep love for the music of Johan Sebastian Bach, and an even deeper gambling debt.Read more...
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The internationally acclaimed bestselling author of Smilla's Sense of Snow returns with this "engrossing, beautifully written tale of suspense . . . captivating" (The Miami Herald).
Set in Denmark in the here and now, Peter Hoeg's The Quiet Girl centers around Kaspar Krone, a world-renowned circus clown with a deep love for the music of Johan Sebastian Bach, and an even deeper gambling debt. Wanted for tax evasion and on the verge of extradition, Krone is drafted into the service of a mysterious order of nuns who promise him reprieve from the international authorities in return for his help safeguarding a group of children with mystical abilities -- abilities that Krone also shares.
When one of the children goes missing, Krone sets off to find the young girl and bring her back, making a shocking series of discoveries along the way about her identity and the true intentions of his young wards. The result is a fast-paced, philosophical thriller blending social realism with the literary fantastic and pitting art and spirituality against corporate interests and nothing less than the will to war by the industrialized world.
The Quiet Girl is a masterful, inventive novel that marks the triumphal return of one of the great writers of the international literary world.
The Quiet Girl
The fifth novel from Danish writer Hoeg is a quietly powerful, disturbingly surreal narrative set in Copenhagen. The protagonist, Kaspar Krone, is a clown, psychic and musician of international renown who has the uncanny power to read personalities. This he does by translating soundsthe tones and acoustic frequencies that individuals radiate. Krone's unusual talent leads him to a group of children who have a similar ability and may be able to change and distort concrete reality. When one of the children, a young girl, vanishes, Krone attempts to find her. The man responsible for her disappearance is an unhinged fanatic with an extraordinary scheme: he plans to channel the children's power in order to bring down Copenhagen's financial titans. Krone's quest to retrieve the girl and protect the youngsters turns into an unforgettable mystical journey. Add a strange sect of nuns, elements of magical realism and other boundary-pushing narrative methods, as well as discursive sections on philosophy, theology and popular culture, and you have another complex, highly original novel from one of the masters of modern fiction. H¿eg, the best-selling author of Smilla's Sense of Snow, conjures an illusory world of shifting boundaries and unexpected perspectives. This is a skillfully crafted novel that rewards even as it challenges the reader.