Translated by Caroline Waight
"A memorable book... excellently translated by Caroline Waight... a cross between a road epic and a buddy movie" Planet Magazine
"The deadpan gallows humour is one of the novel’s major strengths — natural and affectionate, and, in its lightness of touch, ringing true" Wales Arts Review
Kristian Bang Foss’s darkly comic, prize-winning road-novel satire sees two unlikely friends set out to defy the Danish welfare state – and Death himself – with both hilarious and tragic consequences.
Life is looking pretty bleak for Asger. After a fiasco at work finds him unceremoniously booted from both his advertising job and his family home, he finds himself the carer of Waldemar, arguably Denmark’s sickest man. Their initial days together in a Copenhagen ghetto only serve to pile on the hopelessness. But then Waldemar hatches a plan: fabled healer Torbi el Mekki offers a miracle cure to all who seek an audience. Only thing is, he’s in Morocco – over two thousand miles and another continent away. Piling into a beaten up Volkswagen, the two set off on a zany road trip across Europe towards a dubious salvation. But it soon seems they may have unwanted company, for on their tail is a pitch-black Audi...
“Tender and indignant, satiric and apocalyptic, wildly, flamingly funny.” - Weekendavisen
“With Kristian Bang Foss, the devil created the world, both nature and culture, both the desert and the local authorities. This creates devilish humor and poetry. It is hopelessly sad and it is damn funny.” - Politiken
Kristian Bang Foss (born 1977) is a graduate from The Danish Writers’ School. He published his debut novel, The Fish Window, in 2004 and his second novel, The Storm Of ’99 (2008), was hailed by an unanimous press. Bang Foss’ third and latest novel Death Drives an Audi received the European Union Prize for Literature in 2013 and is currently sold in 18 countries.
Caroline Waight is an award-winning literary translator working from Danish and German. She has translated a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, with recent publications including The Invention of Ana (Harper Collins, 2018), The Chestnut Man (Penguin, 2019) and The Gravediggers (Profile, 2019).