The Trampling Cat

”Janne Teller’s The Trampling Cat is a great novel in all meanings of the word. About war and peace, love and hatred, and about humanity above all. … The Trampling Cat is an insanely beautiful love story.”  Berlingske Tidende




”Every single sentense in Janne Teller’s Kattens tramp is thought provoking and mind-blowing. … The story of Sem’s and Zoja’s fatal passion is at one and the same time a sharp critique of European civilization turned upside down.  …  a wealth of precise and knowledgeable insights about war, love, and about being human in a dramatic and turbulent time of history.”  Kristeligt Dagblad


btb, Germany 2011 

Novel, 377p., Gyldendal, Denmark 2004


A man at odds with himself and his passions.  At odds with Europe. A fractured Europe, Europe closing in on herself.  A Europe where history continues, in peace as in war, blind and bloody. 
       But what does it mean to be a European?  What does history matter?  What do you do with history gone wrong - between countries, between lovers?

Press:

”Janne Teller has written an unusually ambitious novel about love and war. … The novel is told in a gushing, furious, despairing address from an I, Sem, to a you, Zoja.  He is a revenger, and just as he narrates the story out of his maleness, he takes revenge by this. … both riveting and harrowing to follow the unfolding of the battle. … Impressive and fascinating …”  Politiken

”Here is a novel silencing all complaints that Denmark misses contemporary literature relating to real life. A novel that with one long sharp cat’s claw cuts right through the mendacious euro-centrism, a novel whish doesn’t take easy solutions for an answer, but stubbornly and persistently stomps and tiptoes right through our (mis-)conceptions of history, of the essence of Europe, as well as of the essence of being a human being. A novel where you sense that the author knows her subject matter, has researched meticulously and last but not least has something to tell which has got nothing to do with her own navel. Janne Teller’s Kattens tramp is a serious kick in the butt to Danish Literature, offering something to live up to. It is possible: at one and the same time to write with insight, meaningfully, artfully and riveting about both war and love; to write about the small and the large story in one and the same novel.” Litlive

”Janne Teller’s Kattens tramp is a great novel in all meanings of the word. It’s about war and peace, love and hatred, and about humanity above it all. … Kattens tramp is an insanely beautiful love story, a novel that keeps offering enigmas, in a myriad of layers that are both gradually unveiled and also must be handled as exactly the enigmas that they are. Janne Teller’s writing is of an international caliber. There is nothing specifically Danish about this novel, written in a manic, almost hypnotically musical language, that one just laps up, only to read it again, hoping to wring out yet more meaning.” Berlingske Tidende

”Every single sentense in Janne Teller’s Kattens tramp is thought provoking and mind-blowing. … The story of Sem’s and Zoja’s fatal passion is at one and the same time a sharp critique of European civilization turned upside down.  …  a wealth of precise and knowledgeable insights about war, love, and about being human in a dramatic and turbulent time of history.”  Kristeligt Dagblad

”Love and war in the Balkans of the 1990’ies. Through a love story we’re taken into the Balkan’, yes all of Europe’s violent history. Ambitious and demanding, but also fascinating and rewarding. If you want to read about the most intense passions and what they do to human beings, you should read Kattens Tramp. It’s a story about how love becomes war, and how war impacts love … It is highly ambitious in its search for the very root of causality, and the attentive reader is truly rewarded with both insights and challenges to his mind.” Litteratursiden

”Janne Teller’s novel is a work of art in writing stories into one another. Side by side is told the private ‘history’ as well s the real History as it unfolded in the Balkan peninsula. One of the main  questions raised throughout is if the ‘histories’ of human lives are woven into one another or if one succeeds the other. … The narrative is so masterly composed that you read the history of both love and hate at one and the same time. The use of language is poetic and rhythmically repetitive bordering a chant. … What might seem like a terrible cliché about war and love, is in Teller’s novel elegantly and precisely told, yet always maintaining the vital doubt that offers resonance to all the themes. … a successful and convincing work of art.” Anne Vindum, E-pressen

”… a sharp critique of civilization portraying Europe in the wake of the Balkan wars. … well mastered, linguistically well written follow up to the much acclaimed first novel, Odin’s Island, … it probably demands a rather seasoned reader, who will then be rewarded with a very fine read.”   
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