Constantinople

Constantinople

Thorvald Steen

Original title: Konstantinopel
Publisher: Tiden Norsk Forlag, 1999
Genre: Novel
Pages: 303 pages

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In the year 1108, Sigurd the Crusader left Bergen with sixty ships and ten thousand men. They were going to Jerusalem to bring home a piece of the Cross of Christ. In Constantinople he meets a young Turkish woman. She has arrived as a refugee from Byzantium, he as a crusader. The meeting between Amina Arslan and King Sigurd ensures fatal consequences for the both of them.

Thorvald Steen’s Constantinople is an intense and cunning story of a failed crusade and a distressing encounter between East and West. With this book, Steen renews the possibilities of historical novels.

Foreign rights

British English, American EnglishSeagull Books
Bulgarian:Pandorama
Danish: Per Kofod
Finnish: Like
French: Calmann-Lévy
German: Pforte
German: Suhrkamp/Insel Verlag
Kurdish: Avesta
Romanian: Pandora
Russian: MIC Publishing
Swedish: Norstedts
Turkish: Can Yayinlari

Constantinople is a tremendous novel about Sigurds failed crusade. He not only has given an exemplary story, but also given the genre a much needed salt water injection”

Weekendavisen, Denmark

The description of Sigurd the Crusader’s journey and encounter with love is not only strongly and beautifully portrayed. It is innovative”

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Thorvald Steen

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Thorvald Steen’s literary career begun in 1983, he has since produced a diverse body of work spanning a variety of genres. Translated into 30 languages so far, Steen has received praise and prizes for the quality of his authorship.

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