Books by Peter Høeg

Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"This self-indulgent, idiosyncratic and immensely long story will either charm its readers into submission or utterly exhaust their patience."
Part comic teenage adventure story, part intellectual debate, the best-selling Danish author's sixth novel is a shaggy-dog story with a unique vision. Read full book review >
THE QUIET GIRL by Peter Høeg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2007

"Overwritten and murky, but there's life in it—will appeal most to fans of Smilla's Sense of Snow."
A former circus clown's efforts to save endangered children is the unusual premise of the bestselling Danish author's labyrinthine fifth novel (Tales of the Night, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
TALES OF THE NIGHT by Peter Høeg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

Heg's only collection of short fiction (originally published in 1990) shows yet another facet of the versatile sensibility responsible for such intriguing previous novels as The History of Danish Dreams (1995) and Smilla's Sense of Snow (1993). The eight tales here deal variously (as an author's note declares) with ``love and its conditions on the night of March 19, 1929.'' That linkage is gimmicky, but it does enable Heg to set these often fancifully symbolic stories firmly within a context of political and economic ferment and approaching European war. Read full book review >

THE WOMAN AND THE APE by Peter Høeg
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

Heg's fourth novel (his third, the international success Smilla's Sense of Snow, 1993, having been the first published here) is an energetic fable about relations between the animal kingdom and its human exploiters—more than a little didactic in spots, but distinguished by enough wit and invention to redeem a dozen lesser books. The story begins in London when a ``dwarf chimpanzee'' escapes from animal smugglers and is immediately captured and targeted for exhaustive experimentation by a research institute affiliated with the city's zoo. Read full book review >

THE HISTORY OF DANISH DREAMS by Peter Høeg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

The acclaimed Danish author's first novelwhich follows into English translation his third, Smilla's Sense of Snow (1993), and second, Borderliners (1994)ingeniously reinvents the traditional family chronicle. Hoeg's ambitious narrative spans three and a half centuries, beginning with the tale of a megalomaniac nobleman (the Count) whose ``dream'' is to halt the passage of time and create a stasis in which his own preeminence remains forever unchallengedand, not incidentally, of scientifically demonstrating that the center of the Earth is located on his property. Read full book review >

BORDERLINERS by Peter Høeg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

A riveting departure from the Danish author whose novel Smilla's Sense of Snow was last year's surprising international bestseller. The narrator is a young man named Peter who recounts how he survived growing up in Danish orphanages and reform schools. Read full book review >

SMILLA'S SENSE OF SNOW by Peter Høeg
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Danish novelist Heg's first English-language publication is an attempt to freeze out Gorky Park by moving from an intimate mystery to an ever-widening circle of corruption and danger—and to even colder climes. Surly Inuit/Greenlander Smilla Jaspersen is a world-class expert on ice and snow who, since emigrating to Denmark, has gone on nine scientific expeditions to her homeland and published half a dozen highly regarded papers in scholarly journals—but she still can't hold a steady job. Read full book review >