Children of God

Lars Petter Sveen

Winner of the 2016 P.O. Enquist Award

Children of God is a story of good and evil, seen through the eyes of biblical, historical and mythical figures that reflect our time as much as their own.

A highly contemporary novel that opens in Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth, following one of the soldiers excecuting King Herod’s command to kill all boys under the age of two. We later meet postitutes and gangs of robbers, prophets and disciples, young children and lepers – all caught between powers of good and evil. Their stories form a web where the fantastic and terrifying, great and small go hand in hand. Officer Cato doubts whether he can live with his actions. Jacob’s father is afraid that his son is touched by evil because he stammers. Anna is looking for the man she once loved.

Lars Petter Sveen has written a deeply original novel. These are stories unlike anything you have read before, from a setting everyone knows.

Rights sold to

  • Language Foreign publisher
  • American EnglishGraywolf
  • BulgarianPerseus Publishing House
  • Chinese (simplified)China International Radio Press
  • DanishGyldendal
  • FrenchActes Sud
  • SwedishNorstedts

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Additional info

  • Guds Barn
  • 2014
  • Aschehoug Forlag
  • Fiction, Novel
  • 240 pages