Romer novel crosses borders

The debut novel of Knud Romer lands a place at one of Germany's most prestigious publishers

Romer, who found work in the advertising business after studying literature at university, uses a mere 177 pages to describe his upbringing in the provincial town of Nykøbing Falster in southern Denmark, where he was ostracized because of his German heritage.

'It hurts to read Romer, but it also feels good,' wrote one reviewer, who was spellbound by the work's last 30 pages where 'the language accelerates and crystallizes and the story penetrates the ribs.'

The novel's force has gained Romer attention outside the country's borders. The prestigious German publishing house Suhrkamp /Insel Verlag has purchased the novel, marking the first time a Danish work has been released on Suhrkamp, which is known for publishing the most important names in German literature.

The book has also been sold in Norway and Sweden and bids have come in from the Netherlands. Publishers in Spain, Israel, the UK and US have also shown an interest.

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