Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Høeg

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But her combination of brisk misanthropy and shrewd commentary on the colonial exploitation of Greenland--yes, this is a postcolonial novel about the Arctic--could score big.
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Smilla's Sense of Snow presents one of the toughest heroines in modern fiction. Smilla Qaavigaaq Jaspersen is part Eskimo but she lives in Copenhagen and keeps to herself. When her six-year old neighbor is killed, Smilla doesn't believe it was an accident and begins her own investigation of a case that even the police don't want to get involved in.

 

About Peter Høeg

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Peter Høeg was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Before becoming a writer, he worked variously as a sailor, ballet dancer, and actor. He published his first novel, A History of Danish Dreams (1988), to positive reviews. However, it was Smilla's Sense of Snow (1992), a million-copy best seller, that earned Høeg immediate and international literary celebrity. His books have been published in more than thirty countries.Martin Aitken holds a PhD in linguistics and gave up university tenure to translate literature. Novels in his translation have been published on both sides of the Atlantic, and his translations of Danish short stories and poetry have appeared in The Literary Review, AGNI, Boston Review, and A Public Space, among other publications. He lives in rural Denmark.

Author Residence: Denmark
 
Published April 1, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 482 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, History, War. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on May 20 2010

But her combination of brisk misanthropy and shrewd commentary on the colonial exploitation of Greenland--yes, this is a postcolonial novel about the Arctic--could score big.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by SUSAN S. REYNOLDS on Nov 20 1994

Every one of Hoeg's crystalline sentences is complete, taut and full of clues. The words are sharp and blunt.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Richard Eder on Sep 26 1993

Hoeg succeeds, uniquely, I think, in using her anger, alternately cold and violent, her clumsy impetus, her half-mannish bearing, to make a portrait of a sexy, mysterious and profoundly alluring woman.

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Mystery Scene

Above average
Reviewed by Oline Cogdill on Feb 01 2016

Smilla's Sense of Snow was one of those books that has stuck with me. I hadn't quite seen such an unusual heroine or been taken to such exotic lands before Hoeg's novel.

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