Tales Of Protection

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From nineteenth-century Sweden to Renaissance Italy, Hansen weaves together exquisite stories in a searching and impressive enquiry into why things happen the way they do...

Bolt has died and lies in his coffin reflecting on the past. An eccentric scientist, he devoted his life to a vast research undertaking - collecting random incidents from the history of the species and finding the underlying pattern that connects them. His reveries lead him to tell two other tales - one of a doomed lighthouse keeper on a Swedish island and another of rivalry among Renaissance artists - until, finally, he tells a startling tale from his own early manhood.

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"A breathtaking journey from a nineteenth-century lighthouse community in the Swedish Baltic, besieged by shipwreck and sickness, to a group of scheming artists in Renaissance Rome...Superbly intricate plots" ( Guardian)

"His prose is both clear and poetic, and Nadia Christiensen's does full justice to his style, leaving the reader pondering on nothing less than the nature of existence itself" ( Kirkus Reviews)

"For readers of Michael Ondaatje and Isak Dinesen, Erik Fosnes Hansen's imaginative narration brings an original and searching inquiry into why things happen the way they do and suggests a theory of 'seriality' -a half-science about the power of human connections" ( www.goodreads.com)

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'Hansen is a writer of genuine depth of feeling and width of interest' Independent

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