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: An actor, musician, and novelist, Madame Nielsen is one of Denmark’s most daring artists. A finalist for the Nordic Council Prize, Nielsen is most well known for “dying” in 2001 and trying to live in Denmark without any identity papers. In addition to The Endless Summer, Madame Nielsen has released another novel (Invasionen) and an album (We Are Multitude).
About the Translator: Gaye Kynoch is the translator of a book about Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) and Lime's Photohraph by Leif Davidsen.
“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)