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Liberty

Jakob Ejersbo

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The Africa Trilogy, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction in translation

Two young men from very different backgrounds: Christian is son to Danish ex-pats; Marcus works as a servant for European families, hoping that one will eventually take him back with them. Their friendship defines a divided continent.

The novel behind the new Danish TV series starring The Killing's Sofie Grabol, available on All 4 / Walter Presents

Two young men from very different backgrounds.

Christian is the son of Danish ex-pats; Marcus works as a house boy for a Swedish family, hoping they will eventually take him back to Europe with them.

Their friendship defines a divided continent.

When they decide to go into business together - a teenage dream of playing at discos - they unwittingly set a collision course. But will it be love or money that tears the two apart?

Spanning a decade from the dawn of the 1980s, the story of Marcus and Christian's dissolving friendship plays out amid a vast cast of characters, all fighting to make their way in a country defined by corruption. As the Tanzanian authorities and European aid agencies compete to line their own pockets, the rise of 'the disease' threatens to lay waste to an already stricken continent.

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Jakob Ejersbo

Jakob Ejersbo was born in Aalborg in 1968. He trained as a journalist, and his breakthrough came with the 2002 novel Nordkraft, which won the Golden Bay prize in 2003. He died in 2008 at the age of forty, after a ten-month battle with cancer.

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