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John Irving in Copenhagen

The internationally renowned author John Irivng has just visited Denmark to promote the Danish translation of his most recent book Last Night in Twisted River. We managed to catch up with him in a taxi racing to get to the next press engagement.

  • Photo: Steen brogaard

    Photo: Steen brogaard

During the three days John Irving has been visiting Denmark all the media wanted to do interviews, so his schedule was packed.

Last Night in Twisted River was published in the US in November and the Danish translation was available in bookstores from May 17. Lindhardt & Ringhof has published all of the Danish translations of John Irving's books.

Since his debut in 1968 with Setting free the Bears, John Irivng has written The World According to Garp (1978), Hotel New Hampshire (1981), The Cider House Rules (1985), A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989), A Widow for one Year (1998) and Until I find You (2005). Several of his 12 books have been adapted to the silver screen.

Last Night in Twisted River sets off in 1954 in the field kitchen of a sawmill settlement in the northern part of New Hampshire. An apprehensive 12-year-old boy mistakes the local police officer's wife for a bear with disastrous consequences. The boy and his father have to flee from Coos Country, to Boston, to southern Vermont and finally arriving in Toronto constantly chased by the vengeful police officer. Their only protector during their escape is a peaceful logger who again and again helps them on the way of their flight. The story moves geographically and over time, thus becoming a tale of the latest five years of American history intertwining the story of a father-son relationship.