How much of a survivor, in fact, survives? And how much must remain of a survivor for him also to be called a man? You tell me to remember. All over again. To remember. Perhaps there is nothing left there, doctor. Perhaps it is all gone. Bernardo Greene is attempting to rebuild his life. Imprisoned and tortured by Pinochet's regime for introducing his students to political poetry, he has arrived in Copenhagen at the age of forty-nine, to begin, to begin again. Michela Ibsen also seeks a new beginning. She has survived an abusive marriage and the death of a child, but does not know whether this makes her strong, or even whole. Her latest boyfriend is young, vain and dangerously possessive. Michela's eyes meet Bernardo's over a cup of coffee in the cafe across the lake. During a long Scandinavian summer of endless days and pin-point nights, these two lost souls begin to heal, to forgive and to trust themselves to love. A novel about passion in the wake of loss, pain in the wake of truth, and salvation in the wake of despair, "In the Company of Angels" is the mesmeric and quietly devastating masterpiece from internationally celebrated author Thomas E. Kennedy.
The first large-scale UK publication of a major international twentieth-century author The subject of torture is of ongoing media interest; Kennedy has worked for anti-torture organizations and knows his subject intimately Winner of the 2007 Eric Hoffer Book Award
'Thomas E. Kennedy is an astonishment, and In the Company of Angels is as elegant as it is beautiful, as important as it is profound. A marvel of a read' Junot Diaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao 'The combination of subtle, beautiful prose and searingly painful realities make In the Company of Angels a story that lingers in the intellect as pervasively as in the heart. An astonishing, wise novel of our times' Liz Jensen, author of The Ninth Life of Louis Drax 'A moving love story woven from a delicate web of emotions ... remarkable' Time Out 'Possesses an integrity, force and dignity that can only serve a moral purpose ... In its wisdom and empathy, in its understanding of the supreme importance of love, in its portrait of a strong man and its knowledge of the human soul in all its suffering, this is indeed a profound and exceptional work' Joanna Briscoe, Guardian
Thomas E. Kennedy was born in New York. He has lived in Copenhagen for over two decades, and has worked, among other things, as a translator for Copenhagen's Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims. He is the author of eight novels, as well as several collections of short stories and essays, and has won numerous awards including the Eric Hoffer Award, the Pushcart Prize, the O. Henry Prize and the National Magazine Award. He teaches creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and is the father of two grown children who live in Denmark. In the Company of Angels was first published in Ireland in 2004, as Greene's Summer, to rapturous critical acclaim. It is one of four novels comprising the Copenhagen Quartet, and is the first of Kennedy's books to be published in the UK. Its simultaneous British-American publication by Bloomsbury marks the arrival of a hitherto undiscovered master.