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Journey in Blue

by Stig Dalager

In this imaginative tour-de-force, Dalager brings to life the Danish storyteller and poet Hans Christian Andersen. With a convincing fictionalised portrait of Andersen in his deathbed delirium, Dalager takes us back to our childhood literature as we glimpse lyrical echoes of the dream-like fairy tales.

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Dozing at the edge of the world, the shadow of a candlestick turns into a little one-legged soldier with an upturned comical hat and a bayonet fixed to the rifle in his hand. A castle materializes out of the shimmering light, and in front of the castle a ballerina with both arms outstretched and one lifted leg.
Translated by John Mason

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