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Jade Cat

The Jade Cat

Suzanne Brogger

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-230-2
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Cloth
Overlook
8/6/2009

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Translated from the Danish by Anne Born

From Denmark to Riga and back, through two World Wars, to India and Afghanistan, to America as it was and as it is, and through boarding schools, mental hospitals, and almshouses for the poor, Suzanne Br gger s The Jade Cat is a sweeping family saga of almost limitless ambition.

At the heart of the narrative and of this Jewish family unit is the grandmother, Katze, and her memories. She tells the story from her patrician apartment in Copenhagen s Gammel M nt 14, where she has lived since the 1940s. It is a haunting portrait of the pride, conceit, grandness, and despair that has followed the L vin family while the world outside the old apartment gradually fell apart. The family remains prey to drug addiction and suicide attempts. Some escape into sex, others into Evangelical politics or religion.

With an unlikely but sympathetic cast of grotesques, this gripping saga of Danish highlife and lowlife through three generations of a tormented family is as diverse and uncompromising as William Styron s Sophie s Choice and Isabel Allende s House of Spirits.

Praise for The Jade Cat
A panoramic and often comic chronicle of family life The Telegraph

A further index of this novelist s originality and power. The Independent (London)

About the author
Suzanne Br gger was born in Copenhagen in 1944 and published her first book, Deliver Us from Love, in 1973. Her works draw largely on her own life experience and she has established herself as one of Denmark s most controversial and best-loved writers.

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