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"I understand the volunteer warrior well"

There are no ideals associated with peace. It is greyed out and diffuse. Therefore, it is only natural for young men to be drawn to Syria to fight, believes author Kim Leine, a contemporary of the war novel Abyss.

With his previous novel The Prophets in the Eternal Fjord Kim Leine went into clinch with one of the darker chapters in Danish history, namely the Danes' actions in colonial Greenland. In his new novel Afgrunden, which is published in Norwegian on Saturday, it is rather a dark chapter in the Danish present that is being examined. Sure enough, the story is temporarily spun from the Finnish Civil War in 1918 to the Occupation's last moments in 1944, but Afgrunden draws clear threads up to today's Denmark as a nation at war: «As a warring nation, I think it is important that we make ourselves clear what is enticing about the war. The main moral of the book is probably that if you first enter the war, you will never get there. . .

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