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Civil Twilight
Simon Fruelund
translated from the Danish by K.E. Semmel

ISBN ​​ 978-1-963908-21-3      130 pages        $18.00

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  Praise for Simon Fruelund

Simon Fruelund has a uniquely spooky view of human folly. His vivisection of suburban life in Civil Twilight is by turns funny, moving, and surpassingly strange. There is little civility here, but plenty of twilight.
   —Nathaniel Rich,
author of The Mayor’s Tongue and Odds Against Tomorrow

Fruelund's prose is muscular, descriptive, and often lyrical.

In Civil Twilight, Simon Fruelund takes as his subject nothing less than the nature of how we live together. The unnamed residents in this remote Copenhagen suburb pass each other in the street, watch each other through the windows. Their stories spin around in elegant, kaleidoscopic chapters from which beautiful patterns emerge. The devil lurks in Fruelund’s perfectly placed details. It all feels so real. Civil Twilight is a remarkable book that’s not read as much as lived in.
   —Andrew Ervin,
author of Burning Down George Orwell’s House

Fruelund is a master of the short form, importing some designs from our own Raymond Carver, applying them to the interstices of the European everyday, and making them his own.
   —Alan Cheuse,
late NPR reviewer and author of To Catch the Lightning

Simon Fruelund is a Danish author who debuted in 1997 with the story collection Milk (US edition 2013). Since then he has published another story collection, four short novels, among them Civil Twilight, and a poetry collection. From 1997 to 2006 he worked as an editor at the publisher Gyldendal. Since 2012 he has taught creative writing at Vallekilde Højskole. 

K.E. Semmel is a writer and translator. His translations include novels by, among others, Naja Marie Aidt, Karin Fossum, Simon Fruelund, and Jussi Adler Olsen. He is a former Literary Translation Fellow from the National Endowment for the Arts. His debut novel, The Book of Losman, is forthcoming in 2024 from SFWP. Visit him online at