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“ .. Iben Mondrup presents us with an image of humans as animals of prey, as well as prey, and even as stuffed animals. As a sexual creature, Justine is both hunter and hunted. (...) At the market, raw meat is sold; in the wild, Justine sustains life by eating dried whale meat. It is as if the connotations are endless. Greenland is like a gift for the author and soon becomes exactly this for the reader.
“ .. a rare insight into the current state of Greenland emerges, an insight that does not seem to be the main objective of the author, but which reveals itself in a quiet and nuanced manner, as an added bonus. “
– Kamilla Löfström – Information
” .. With her investigation of man as a consciousness carried by the body as flesh, vividly and desperately laid bare, Mondrup delivers her own visceral and highly original addition to Danish literature’s current and extraordinary preoccupation with the body’s effusions.
Refreshingly relentless and indecent, she performs her literary research into the mighty powers of repulsion and attraction of the flesh.”
– Lilian Munk Rösing – Politiken
“ .. Not since the bone-chillingly beautiful ‘The Ice Palace’ by the Norwegian author Tarjei Vesaas was published in 1963, have I encountered such an astonishing synthesis of man and nature.”
– Dag Heede – Standart
" .. The brilliance of this novel stems from its intimate and image-laden description of impressionability and receptiveness, its exceptional space perception and its gradual, and to some extent surrealist association with nature, which one is inclined to dub an ‘oceanic feeling’.
As a reader, one hovers with joy, when Mondrup shows us both the flesh and the rocks, greed and unboundedness.”
– Eva Pohl – Berlingske Tidende
Translation: Peter Breum