This is the first novel to be published by New Nordic Press. It was written by Mathilde Munk, the youngest of Kaj Munk’s granddaughters. It is her first novel, and had already been published in Denmark. Mathilde translated the book into English herself.
From Hollywood to central Jutland in Denmark, this book follows an actor as his life’s path takes him from the west coast of Ireland, over London and New York, and finally to a secluded place in Jutland.
And what is the high point of these travels? To accept an Oscar in Los Angeles, or to stand at a granite cross* on the side of a isolated road in the middle of Jutland?
This is a story about playing roles, becoming captivated by them, swallowed up by them, almost forgetting your own name, and then in a strange and unexpected way to be reminded of who you are.
“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
Mathilde Munk was born in 1984 and lives in Vedersø, western Jutland. This is her debut novel.
*The granite cross at Hørbylund in mid Jutland was erected on the spot where the pastor/playwright Kaj Munk was murdered by the Nazis on January 4, 1944.