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THE GOLD BALL ~~ "The story she tells is part epic family chronicle and part the life and death of an enchanted world - an island off the coast of Denmark - and its generations of inhabitants over the last four centuries, all of them descended from the heroic, extraordinary Niels Gloe. It is a story that began when Gloe - distant kin of the last lord of the island's long destroyed castle - proclaimed himself heir to the island and abducted a woman from the mainland, determined and destined to repopulate and conquer the virtually deserted paradise. It is the story told by Maja Stina, a woman in search of these ancestors, and most particularly of her namesake; Niels Gloe's granddaughter, who possessed magical powers, who lived and died and was reborn, and around whose neck hangs the gold ball - the gleaming sphere through which passes the magic and mystery of Svendsen's tale".
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Text: English, Danish (translation)From Publishers Weekly:
Published in Scandinavia to critical acclaim, this remarkable novel and rich family saga resembles a Danish version of One Hundred Years of Solitude. Set on an imaginary island off the coast of Denmark, it concerns the mythical Neils Gore and his descendants. Woven with strands of the prosaic and the mysterious, it is simultaneously a compilation of beautifully rendered miniatures of character and island life--fantastic fables, naturalistic chronology, folklore--as well as a meditation on memory, time and a search for ancestry and identity. The narrator/author addresses her ancestor Maja Stina--an ageless figure who is imbued with the power of time and memory: "Do you think my stories are too frivolous? You have to put up with that. I am the storyteller, and I have the right to use and invent what I want." This constant dialogue with Maja Stina frames commentary on the friction between autobiography, biography and fiction, and between real time and narrative time. While providing interesting insights into the creative act, this self-conscious metafictional technique becomes a bit too intrusive, and allays the power of the fabulistic stories. However, there is much here on the "progress" of civilization during the 400 years of this story, and on the regrettable loss of magic in contemporary lives.
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