This is a fan site for the excellent Danish author Peter Hoeg (Peter Høeg), the author of Smilla’s Sense of Snow and other great books. We have set up this site because we have enjoyed and greatly appreciate Peter Hoeg’s novels, and have noticed that there was no web site for him. We think he deserves more of a web presence!
During the last few days we have finalized the creation of what we consider a good looking, serious and attractive web design – including layout, formats, use of colors etc – for this site. We want to create a site worthy of the author. But the site is still under construction, and we will be adding more content about the author, his books and more.
The site is affiliated with Google and Amazon. You can support the site by using the links provided here. Just to be clear on this issue: This site is not expected to make us money! This is a hobby site for us – we do not expect to be paid for the hours spent on this. The very few dollars we may make on these ads will hopefully contribute towards the costs associated with developing the site, the software we and to costs of hosting the site.
We hope the site can help to make the literary qualities of Peter Hoeg more visible on the internet, and perhaps encourage a few more people read his books!
Peter Hoeg deserves a fan site for another reason as well: He has been the subject of a large number of petty attacks and lots of criticism in his own country, Denmark, seemingly from smallish souls envious of his international success. Hoeg, according to the people attacking him, was not politically correct (who cares! – art is art) and was far to optimistic, etc. These small-minded backstabbing attacks on Hoeg led many people, among them the internationally acclaimed Norwegian author Jan Kjaerstad, to publicly defend him. Kjaerstad wrote (in Politiken. 3 June 2006, reprinted in Danish Literary Magazine):
“.. it surprises me that a novel written by someone of Peter Høeg’s calibre, with such great intelligence, so much thought and originality, should be treated to such outpourings of pettiness and virulence. How could such a rollicking, generous, open book be greeted with so much gravity and severity, such closed minds and again: in my broad-minded old Denmark?”
Unfortunately for lovers of great literature, Peter Hoeg seems to have taken the critique to heart, and he has for many years withdrawn himself from the public scene in Denmark and for a long time he did not publish anything. Shame on Denmark!
If you have questions or comments, book reviews or stories you want to submit, or want to sponsor the site or post an ad here, get in touch with us at Peter (at) peterhoeg.com!