For some time we’ve been getting into Scandinavian cinema and television, such as Headhunters, Borgen, The Killing and The Bridge, to name but a few. Intelligent and gutsy stuff. Prompted by that, my wife took this book out of the library and insisted I read it after her. I’m glad she did! This is an amazing book. The author is doing new things with writing and this book would make an amazing film. It’s certainly a thriller, but it’s also sensual, religious (Kasper often prays to ‘She Almighty’), and quite visceral at times. It’s also got loads of conspiracy elements with comments on the artistic process and hints of corporate greed. The writing is top notch and the book is filled with witty random facts and pop culture references.
What more do you want? It concerns one Kasper Krone, a Danish circus clown who also has amazing psychic abilities, through being able to feel a person’s vibrations, tone and essence of self (and often at a long distance), and a related, deep love and affinity with music. The story takes place around Copenhagen, and Kasper is in serious trouble, for tax evasion, among other things. He’s on the verge of being extradited from Denmark when a small religious order offers to help intercede for him. In exchange for this, he has to look after a group of children with profound powers. Can the kids actually alter circumstances, or merely predict it? Then one of the children goes missing… The narrative has a great sense of reality to it, as it’s often random and surprising, just like life. My only slight quibble is that sometimes the writing seems to get a little bit in the way, but this may just be an aspect of the translation. In any case, it’s a minor complaint, and a fabulous read. It may take a little getting into, but it’s worth it. Promise!
Signal Arts Newsletter of July-September 2015