Ships are wrecked at sea and blown up during wars, they are places of terror and violence, yet they continue to lure each generation of Marstal men—fathers and sons—away. Strong, resilient, women raise families alone and sometimes take history into their own hands. There are cannibals here, shrunken heads, prophetic dreams, forbidden passions, cowards, heroes, devastating tragedies, and miraculous survivals—everything that a town like Marstal has actually experienced, and that makes We, the Drowned an unforgettable novel, destined to take its place among the greatest seafaring literature.
As a boy in Marstal, Denmark, CARSTEN JENSEN sailed on his father’s boat, a 220-ton freighter named the Abelone. In 2000, he returned to Marstal to write We, the Drowned. He has also worked as a literary critic and a journalist, reporting from China, Cambodia, Latin America, the Pacific Islands, and Afghanistan.
We, the Drowned won Denmark’s most important literary prize, while also being selected by readers of a major daily newspaper as the best Danish novel of the last twenty-five years. It was a bestseller throughout Scandinavia and in Germany, and has also been published in the United Kingdom, Spain, and France.
Den dag New Yorks tvillingetårne kollapsede under angrebet fra to kaprede passagerfly, var det ikke blot fremtiden, der dramatisk forandrede sig. Vi fik også en helt ny fortid. Det er dette skred i synet på verden, Carsten Jensen dokumenterer med sin bog, der indeholder 53 essays fra 6. august 2000 til 16. september 2001.
"Carsten Jensen er skriftklog og kan sit dialektiske Kierkegaard-dansk og bekræfter den fornemmelse, han gav fra sin første opdukken, at noget enestående var på vej." -Thomas Bredsdorff, Politiken