The Colony of Good Hope by Kim Leine


An immensely powerful historical novel, in the tradition of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, about the first encounters between Danish colonists and Greenlanders in the early eighteenth century, of brutal clashes between priests and pagans and the forces that drive each individual towards darkness or light.

1728. The Danish King Frederik IV sends a governor to Greenland to establish a colony, in the hopes of exploiting the country's allegedly vast natural resources. A few merchants, a barber-surgeon, two trainee priests, a blacksmith, some carpenters and soldiers, and a dozen hastily married couples go with him.

The missionary priest Hans Egede has already been in Greenland for several years when the new colonists arrive. He has established a mission there, but the converts are few. Among those most hostile to Egede is local shaman Aappaluttoq, whose own son was taken by the priest and raised in the Christian faith as his own. Thus, a great rift between two men, and two ways of life, is born.

The newly arrived couples - men and women plucked from prison - quickly sink into a life of almost complete dissolution, and soon unsanitary conditions, illness and death bring the colony to its knees. Through the starvation and the epidemics that beset the colony, Egede remains steadfast in his determination - willing to sacrifice even those he loves for the sake of his mission.

In The Colony of Good Hope, Kim Leine explores what happens when two cultures confront one another. In a distant colony, under the harshest conditions, the overwhelming forces of nature meet the vices of man.

Contributor Bio

Kim Leine is a celebrated Danish-Norwegian novelist. His previous novel to be translated into English, The Prophets of Eternal Fjord, was shortlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award. It also won the Golden Laurel Award, Denmark's leading literary prize, as well as the Nordic Council's Literature Prize, awarded for books published across all the Nordic countries.

More Details

  • Pan Macmillan
  • Imprint : Picador
  • Winter 2023
  • On Sale: Apr 25/23
  • Paperback | 5.38 x 7.8
  • FICTION / Literary
  • 9781529014358