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    ITEM#: 14051486

    Peter Høeg was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Before becoming a writer, he worked variously as a sailor, ballet dancer, and actor. He published his first novel,A History of Danish Dreams (1988), to positive reviews. However, it wasSmilla’s Sense of Snow (1992), a million-copy best seller, that earned Høeg immediate and international literary celebrity. His books have been published in more than thirty countries.

    Martin Aitken holds a PhD in linguistics and gave up university tenure to translate literature. Novels in his translation have been published on both sides of the Atlantic, and his translations of Danish short stories and poetry have appeared inThe Literary Review, AGNI, Boston Review, and A Public Space, among other publications. He lives in rural Denmark.
    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 Finø, 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.

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    ISBN 9781590514900
    Genre FICTION / Literary
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 499
    Publisher Date 2012-10-23 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Other Pr Llc
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 10.25 in
    Wdth 7.0 in
    Thickness 1.75 in
    Unit weight 1.65 lb
    Language English
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Hoeg, Peter
    Country of Origin United States

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