Can conventional biography truly bring a world-famous person to life - someone who died long ago? How do you inhabit an interior world that has never been documented? In this absorbing novel, Stig Dalager has imagined the complex personality of Hans Christian Andersen to create a portrait of the writer that has been praised as the most vivid, realistic interpretation of his life so far attempted. From boyhood, Andersen's life is paraded before the reader in fragments as morphine is administered to him in his final days. The master storyteller's interactions with his friends, benefactors, enemies and others who influenced his life and work reveal how he transformed his experiences into literature - including his celebrated fairytales. Yet his painful search for artistic validation and religious certainty, combined with other longings that Andersen is unable to identify or control, leave him alienated and unable to understand why people should have ambiguous feelings towards him and his writings. This much-acclaimed novel is Dalager's first to appear in English and takes the reader on a journey through the spirit and imagination of one of the great names in world literature.
Published little more than a year ago in Denmark, thirteen foreign-language editions are already available or in preparation. "Journey in Blue" has been a huge critical and commercial success in Denmark. Language rights have already been sold to thirteen countries with more to come. Interest in Andersen has rocketing with the bicentenary of his birth celebrated this year. Stig Dalager's previous novel was voted the fourth 'Most Important Danish Work of the twentieth century' in a recent literary survey. Dalager currently has four works being adapted for movie release 2005 - 2007.
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Author Biography - Stig Dalager
STIG DALAGER (born in 1952) is the author of novels, poetry and short story collections as well as plays, television and film scripts. One of Denmark's most distinguished writers, his internationally known works include the Sarajevo play I Count the Hours and The Dream, both premiered at the famous La Mama Theatre in New York. His novel Two Days in July about Claus von Stauffenberg and the plot to kill Hitler is soon to be a major film by Joseph Vielsmaier, director of Stalingrad. Dalager's play Lord and Shadow, an interpretation of H.C.Andersen and his world, was staged at the Scena Theatre in Washington, D.C. This year the play will be staged in New York, Rome, Moscow, Warsaw and Beijing.