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NORDIC GAME (working title)

Daniel Dencik

  • Original Title: NORDISK VILDT
  • Publication date: October 2018
  • Publisher: Politikens
  • Country: DK
  • 488 print pages
  • Drama

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Denmark
  • Themes: FAMILY, Siblings, Dysfunctional family, Mourning, PEOPLE facing life, Redemption, Life choice, Life change, Death, Resilience, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Rivalry, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment, Friendship, Loyalty

Pitch

A contemporary novel about brotherhood and love set in the almost extinct coastal forests of Denmark.

Comments

"A contemporary novel where hunting, hunters and game makes up the setting for existential reflections on love, relations, death and brotherhood."
Daniel Dencik is an award-winning director. His films include the documentary EXPEDITION TO THE END OF THE WORLD, which can be viewed on Netflix. As a writer he is known for an existential and bittersweet look on life. He has published seven books in Danish, ranging from poetry to short stories and essays as well as one controversial novel. His collection of short stories, GRAND DANOIS, was nominated as Book of the Year in Denmark 2017

Summary

NORDIC GAME is a contemporary novel about brotherhood and love set in the almost extinct coastal forests of Denmark. Silas is a war veteran living on his own in the woods. His ragged past has been divided between Afghanistan, Iraq and drug-infused raves in Thailand. Now, the big journey is over.

Elias is his twin brother that he never sees. When they were young the two boys were inseparable. Silas fell in love with Sara, but as he was out on his first mission in Kosova Elias “stole” her - pretending to be Silas. While Silas has been fighting his wars Elias has been devoted to his work, Quantum Physics at The Niels Bohr Institute, and his Jewish heritage, especially The Kabbalah. At the same time, he has been raising a son with Sara.

The novel begins with Sara and Elias coming to visit Silas on the old family estate in the coastal forest. They bring their son, Sebastian, who has an appetite for Silas’ way of life. But on a hunt for buck, a deadly accident happens. In a cover-up Silas and Elias are brought back into each other’s worlds again.

NORDIC GAME is one of those rare stories that weaves entire worlds into itself in order to tell a heart-breaking and universally human tale of loss and restoration.

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  • Author’s biography

    Daniel Dencik is an award-winning director. His films include the documentary EXPEDITION TO THE END OF THE WORLD, which can be viewed on Netflix. As a writer he is known for an existential and bittersweet look on life.
    He has published seven books in Danish, ranging from poetry to short stories and essays as well as one controversial novel. His collection of short stories, GRAND DANOIS, was nominated as Book of the Year in Denmark 2017