The Endless Summer
February 13, 2018
novel | pb | 103 pgs
5.5" x 8.5"
“The Endless Summer by Madame Nielsen is my literary discovery of the year.”
Danish Women Writers Series
A passionate love story about a Danish woman and a much younger Portuguese artist, The Endless Summer confronts ideas of time, sexuality, and tragedy in a style reminiscent of both Proust and Lars Von Trier.
Emotional and visceral, the novel drifts through time and space, relating the lives, loves, and dissolutions of everyone who surrounds this unexpected couple, including the woman’s former husband who holds the family at gunpoint, her daughter and her lovers, who include a boy who finds himself and his true sexual identity in America, and the young boy who “is perhaps a girl, but does not yet know it,” who narrates it all.
Propelled by a captivating story, the real charm of the novel resides in its impeccable style and atmosphere, which gathers a sense of longing, a slight nostalgia for times that ache with possibility, while knowing that even the endless summer doesn’t last forever. (Read an Excerpt)
Translated from the Danish by Gaye Kynoch
About the Author: Madame Nielsen is novelist, artist, performer, stage director and world history enactor, composer, chanteuse, and multi-gendered. Madame Nielsen is the author of numerous literary works, including a trilogy—The Suicide Mission, The Sovereign, and Fall of the Great Satan—and most recently, The Endless Summer, the “Bildungsroman” The Invasion, and The Supreme Being. Madame Nielsen is translated into nine languages and has received several literary prizes. The autobiographical novel My Encounters with The Great Authors of our Nation was published in 2013 under her boy’s-name, Claus Beck-Nielsen, and was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2014.
About the Translator: Gaye Kynoch is a freelance translator of Danish into English, specializing in books and essays on various aspects of the arts, together with plays and works of fiction.
“At the same time romantic and grim, not just a novel about the heartbreaking illusions of youth, but also a self-consuming love affair with death.”
—Carsten Jensen (author of We, the Downed)