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Af den anden verden – Book cover, Gyldendal

In Svend Åge Madsen’s novel Af den anden verden (Of Another World), a group of human “prisoners”, whose memories have been erased, escape to an almost empty continent that could be Australia. The book describes their evolution of language and religion, the domestication of animals, the establishment of agriculture and more – the making of a society and its accompanying conflicts.

The cover’s upside-down landscape with a baob tree under a starry sky has two ideas: A tree against the backdrop of stars speaks to the grandness and mystery of life in this world, and a night sky is one of the few constants for all societies throughout history. Showing it upside-down is strange, mirroring the strangeness of the tale, and hopefully catching the viewer’s attention. And then Australia is upside-down, of course.

Published by Gyldendal, 2017. Edited by Simon Pasternak and Mette Mortensen.

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