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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

'... a work of a strikingly modern sensibility-a stream-of-consciousness story of five queer protagonists confronting their identities in twenty-first-century Greenlandic culture.' - The New Yorker

This is the story of a group of friends, on the cusp of adulthood, exploring life, seeking authenticity and establishing their own queer identities. It's a beautiful novella, intriguing not only because of its unique setting in Nuusuaq, Greenland, but also in its story of growing up and growing into yourself. It is partly told through monologue, and exchanges of emails and text messages.

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Praise for Crimson

  • ... a work of a strikingly modern sensibility-a stream-of-consciousness story of five queer protagonists confronting their identities in twenty-first-century Greenlandic culture. - The New Yorker

  • HOMO sapienne has created its own genre. This is unfiltered sexual realism... Niviaq Korneliussen's novel debut about existential pain and release, breaks and reconciliations, shows us how there are many possible roads to liberation, and it deserves to been known far and wide. - Politiken (Danish Newspaper)

  • With just 171 pages it is a rather short novel, but what it lacks in volume it makes up for in raw masses of content and mediation. This is a wonderful mix of banging punchlines and poetry - it is well written and vibrant. - litteratursiden.dk (Danish website)

  • Korneliussen writes crushingly honest about sex, sexual assaults and social problems, but more than anything the novel is about being true to oneself. - Trelleborgs Allehanda (Swedish newspaper)

  • HOMO sapienne is a novel about finding out who you really are, inside this demanding and lusting shell we call the body. - Morgenbladet (Norwegian newspaper)

  • A wonderful novel debut about love and about standing out in Greenland. The book is both formalistically and linguistically exciting - and there are many moving scenes, among which a birth is very beautifully described. - Kristianstadsbladet (Swedish newspaper)

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Niviaq Korneliussen

Niviaq Korneliussen was born in 1990 in Nuuk and grew up in South Greenland. She studied Psychology at Aarhus University in Denmark and spent a year in California as an exchange student. Korneliussen started writing in 2013 and is the winner of many writing competitions in Greenland where her debut novel, Crimson, was first published under the title HOMO sapienne (2014). She translated it herself from Greenlandic to Danish. She is currently working on her second novel.

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