Det europæiske forår
The European Spring
Kaspar Colling Nielsen (b. 1974) is celebrated as one of the most original voices of contemporary Danish fiction. With a style characterized by imaginative and tragicomic tales about life’s existential conditions and dilemmas he has made a mark on the Danish literary scene. Born and raised in Copenhagen, he made his literary debut in 2010 with the critically acclaimed Mount Copenhagen, for which he was awarded the 2010 Danske Bank First Book Award. Colling Nielsen’s second novel, The Danish Civil War 2018-2024, was published in 2013 to ecstatic reviews. It was shortlisted for the 2014 Readers’ Book Award (awarded by daily newspaper Berlingske and the National Library Association) as well as the 2013 Readers’ Book Award (awarded by the daily newspaper Politiken). Colling Nielsen has received the 2017 Holberg Medal and 2014 Rune T. Kiddes Honorary Award for his authorship.
Alongside his writing, Colling Nielsen works as a lecturer at Copenhagen Business School and as a screenwriter for film and television. He holds a degree in Business Administration.
Kaspar Colling Nielsen receives the Holberg Medal 2017 for his authorship. The Holberg Medal is one of the most prestigious literary awards in Denmark. The award, named after the father of Danish literature, Ludvig Holberg, has been awarded to a specific title or a whole authorship annually since 1934. Among the previous recipients are Karen Blixen, Leif Panduro, Inger Christensen, Suzanne Brøgger and Carsten Jensen.
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.
The theatrical adaptation of Kaspar Colling Nielsen’s The Danish Civil War 2018-2024 is all set for its world premiere this September. An imaginative contemporary comedy about what can happen when democracy crumbles and humanity loses its faith in love and fellowship, the adaptation of Colling Nielsen’s bestselling title will play at Copenhagen’s Nørrebro Teater between September 10th and October 22nd.