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Peter H. Fogtdal

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Danish novelist. Has written 12 novels in Danish. Three are translated into French, two into Portuguese, one into English (The Tsar's Dwarf, see below). Shares his time between Portland, Oregon and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Books in Danish, French, Portuguese, and English:

Det egyptiske hjerte, 2015 (Denmark)
The Tsar's Dwarf, 2008 (USA, Canada)
Skorpionens hale, 2008 (Danish),
La Naine du Tsar, 2008 (French),
A Anä Do Czar, 2006 (Portuguese)
Zarens dværg, 2006 (Danish),
Le Rêveur de Palestine, 2006,(French,
O Paraiso de Hitler, 2005 (Portuguese),
Jupiters time, 2004 (Danish),
Le Front Chantilly, 2004 (France)
Lystrejsen, 2003 (Danish)
Flødeskumsfronten, 2001 (Danish)
Drømmeren fra Palæstina, 1998 (Danish)

In Danish only (as Peter Fogtdal):
Pedellen, 1997 (Dan
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Description: Excerpt of my first novel out in English. It's translated by Tiina Nunnally and is a tragicomic novel about a Danish female dwarf who becomes court jester at Peter The Great's court in San Petersburg in the early 18th century.
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This is a classic. I'm supposed to love it, but unfortunately I didn't. Give me Hermann Hesse any time, even though I did love Death in Venice ... to death.
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I thought that William Boyd wasn't capable of writing a mediocre book. I was wrong. Boyd is a brilliant author but the problem here is that his main character, Lysander is bland and unconvincing, at least to me. And since I didn't find the story comp ...more
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Thorsten Madsens ego
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Funny, philosophical, smart, original but a tiny bit too aware of itself. The storytelling suffers a little at times. The prose, however, is top notch.

However, this is a fine, slightly surreal novel about how the ego creates havoc in our lives.
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Absolute Friends
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Once more I admire John Le Carre's ability to create memorable characters and write a prose that's equal or better than most literary fiction. Literary snobs, start here. John Le Carre is still the master of the spy novel!
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“I'm going to die. And as if that weren't bad enough, I'm going to die inside a cake.”
Peter H. Fogtdal, The Tsar's Dwarf

“I want to take away your sunshine, Lukas. Not because I'm evil but because the sun can't exist without shadows. I want to examine the lie that keeps you afloat--the idea that it's wonderful to be Lukas, that it's splendid to be the tsar's favorite dwarf, that there's nothing better to do than bring crackers to Menshikov like some kind of dog. When does it hurt the most, Lukas? That's what I'd like to know. What hurts you more than anything else? Is it when the tsar mocks you? Or is it when he can't remember your name? Is it when he forgets all about your for a year or two? When are you going to curse Peter Alexeyevich to Hell, Lukas? That's what I'd like to know. I want to get behind that smile of yours, and your clown's heart. And then I'll console you when you fall apart--I'll console you when you realize that you are infinitely unloved.
At that moment I'll be at your side, but no before.
Not a moment before.”
Peter H. Fogtdal, The Tsar's Dwarf

“In my carpet bag are the mushrooms that I gathered in the woods. With two fingers I pick up a piece and look at it. Then I take a bite and wait for my body to react. Now I'm in a better mood. In a short time I'll be dead. Or alive. I'm not always sure that there's any difference.”
Peter H. Fogtdal, The Tsar's Dwarf

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