The Elephant Keepers' Children

By Peter Hoeg; Martin Aitken (Translator)
(Other Press (NY), Hardcover, 9781590514900, 496pp.)

Publication Date: October 23, 2012

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From the author of "Smilla's Sense of Snow," an epic novel about faith and the magic of everyday life.
Told from the precocious perspective of fourteen-year-old Peter, "The Elephant Keepers' Children" is about three siblings and how they deal with life alongside their eccentric parents. Peter's father is a vicar, his mother is an artisan, and both are equally and profoundly devout. The family lives on the (fictional) island of FinO, where people of all religious faiths coexist peacefully. Yet, nothing is at it seems.
When Peter's parents suddenly go missing, Peter and his siblings fear the worst--has their parents' relentless quest to boost church attendance finally put them in danger? Told with poignancy and humor, "The Elephant Keepers' Children" is a fascinating exploration of fundamentalism versus spiritual freedom, the vicissitudes of romantic and familial love, and the triumph of the human spirit.

About the Author
Peter Hoeg, born in 1957 in Denmark, pursued various interests--dancer, actor, sailor, fencer, and mountaineer--before turning seriously to writing. His work has been published in 33 countries. "The Quiet Girl" is his fifth novel. Hoeg writes prose that is both changeable and as deep-fathomed as poetry...[It] demands to be read aloud and savored.--"The New Yorker" on "Smilla's Sense of Snow"

Martin Aitken is an acclaimed translator of Danish literature. Recent books include works by Dorthe Nors, Peter Hoeg, and Helle Helle. He lives in rural Denmark.
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