Det europæiske forår

Det europæiske forår The European Spring

On the Danish island of Lolland, a group of internationally renowned scientists and entrepreneurs found a new community for the affluent, aiming to combine the most idyllic and attractive elements of the old world with the latest in technology. To this drone-patrolled countryside paradise moves gallery owner Stig, his wife, the brain scientist Elisabeth, their idealistic daughter, Emma, and the painter Christian.

Elisabeth is headhunted by the research team on the island when they hear of her previous successes with animal experiments, but grows increasingly alarmed as she develops a bond with the novel-writing ape Felix.

After a series of terror attacks in Copenhagen, thousands of Muslim refugees are deported from Denmark to Africa, and the anorectic Emma becomes a central figure in the creation of a parallel society among the old Danish shipping containers left in Mozambique.

The artist Christian paints disintegrating humans that fuse with nature, fetching inspiration from his contact with the much younger Mia.

A violent accident gives the disillusioned gallery owner Stig the chance to deliver an art piece that to his way of thinking could set a new standard for the impact art can have on a society. But the piece will demand sacrifices.

The European Spring is a grotesque and provocative story about freedom, equality and community set in a near future that is all at once unthinkable, alarming and attractive.


  • “Kaspar Colling Nielsen surpasses himself with his third book /…/ A controversial and droll novel.”


    Jyllands-Posten, Denmark

  • “A thought-provoking one-of-a-kind /…/ Kaspar Colling Nielsen is a master at combining wicked sci-fi fantasies, grim political scenarios and ridiculously funny satire.”


    Børsen, Denmark

  • “It’s a fascinating and thought-provoking read /…/ Fantastical and playful storytelling /…/ The European Spring is a lively monster that feels like an utterly necessary and highly topical reading experience.”


    Kristeligt Dagblad, Denmark

  • The European Spring both provokes and irritates. It’s damn good art.”


    Ekstra Bladet, Denmark

  • “Superb writing”


    Berlingske, Denmark

  • “Kaspar Colling Nielsen is back with a magnificent story. It bubbles. It simmers and it boils. /…/ It’s grotesque and burlesque. It’s a provocative read /…/ originally and creatively conceived.”

    Nordjyske Stiftstidene, Denmark

  • “Simple and brilliant /…/ a keen-eyed portrait of our time.”

    Weekendavisen, Denmark

  • “An absurd and funny crossover between a Golden Age painting and a dystopia.”

    LitteraturNu, Denmark

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Danish edition

English translation

Rights sold

Croatia, Hena Com

Czech Republic, Zlin

Denmark, Gyldendal

Estonia, Varrak

Finland, Aula Kustannus

France, Calmann-Lévy

Germany, Heyne

Norway, Cappelen Damm

Sweden, Mondial

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