Janne Teller

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Janne Teller was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has written several award-winning novels that have been translated into a number of languages. Nothing is the winner of the prestigious Best Children’s Book Award from the Danish Cultural Ministry and is also a Printz Award Honor Book in the United States. Janne lives in New York City and Denmark.

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This modern-day Lord of the Flies is a haunting existential novel, both award-winning and and provocative. Now in paperback as part of the Atheneum Collection!“Nothing matters.” “From the moment you are born, you start to die.”“The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. You’ll live to be a maximum of one hundred. Life isn’t worth the bother!”So says Pierre Anthon when he decides there is no meaning to life, leaves his seventh-grade classroom, climbs a plum...

My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Courage is to do what I fear doing

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Feeling, sensing, thinking, learning, being - first and foremost the sensation of being alive. Of living completely with all of the being you are.

This is also why I believe one can be perfectly happy even while in a very unhappy moment of life.

It might sound paradoxical, but not if you see unhappiness as the sensation of letting life pass before your eyes without it touching you, uninvolved, unengaged. Unalive. As an animal in the zoo. Or a zombie.

Living life is perfect happiness.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. The life time prisoner in Faulkner's Wild Palms who saves a pregnant woman from the floods even though it costs him his one possibility for freedom.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The unnamed lawyer in Albert Camus'' 'The Fall'

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Trying to change the world ...; more seriously: being involved with international politics somehow, at some level or other. Otherwise, Reading, walking around the city, talking with friends, opera, travel (particularly by car), sitting in café's reading, watching people, discussing small and big matters with friends ...

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