Saturday, July 12, 2008

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R.I.P Jakob Ejersbo, 1968-2008

Breaking off the blog vacation for a few words for Jakob Ejersbo, the Danish writer (and journalist) who died July 10.

I knew Jakob from back in the late nineties/ early millennium where we met through mutual friends, some time before he wrote his breakthrough novel Nordkraft

Defining a return of raw realism in Danish literature, Nordkraft not only won him the highest praise from the literary establishment (some even likening it to the Danish 1930's "down-and-out" masterpiece Hærværk) but also became an immediate success, and a bestseller passing the 150.000 copies sold mark.

Combined, this was an extremely rare achievement for a Danish author.

However, to his friends he remained remarkably unchanged by his laurels, always pairing a high intelligence and positive, easy-going manner with a down-to-earth sense of humour.

Bye, Jakob E, you're sorely missed but we remember you and can hopefully look forward to the publication of the three completed books you left behind.

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Retro babe"...yes, I'll take it - But the woman is optional, right?.."
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Panzer Sdfkz 2, "Kleines Kettenkraftrad"
A demonstration of the mountain climbing abilities of the Kettenkrad. Note that the headlamp is missing and the rider/ driver is wearing a Kradmantel the special overcoat for Wehrmacht motorcyclists made from rubberised fabric.
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(unfortunately) Also my people
(regrettably) Also my war

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