Journey in Blue by Stig Dalager

Journey in Blue

Stig Dalager

In this imaginative tour-de-force, Dalager brings to life the Danish storyteller and poet Hans Christian Andersen. With a convincing fictionalised portrait of Andersen in his deathbed delirium, Dalager takes us back to our childhood literature as we glimpse lyrical echoes of the dream-like fairy tales.

Extract

Dozing at the edge of the world, the shadow of a candlestick turns into a little one-legged soldier with an upturned comical hat and a bayonet fixed to the rifle in his hand. A castle materializes out of the shimmering light, and in front of the castle a ballerina with both arms outstretched and one lifted leg.

Parallels
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Painter by Will Davenport