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In Denmark, A Fugitive Crosses His
Tracks was regarded a roman à clef in literature where real people and events
are depicted in fictional guise.
Aksel Sandemose was without a doubt inspired by the city where he grew
up, but the content of the book is, however, so true to life, that any place
with the same conditions could be Jante, Denmark.
The novel doesn’t point to a specific region or place and the
circumstances therein. Rather, the book is about all societies where the Law of
Jante is prevalent - societies where merciless narrow-mindedness chokes the
individual and extinguishes progress, development and growth. The types of
people this book brings into the light are those who take pleasure in gossip,
slander and malicious behaviour – the very things that characterize a society where
there is discord and an inability to cooperate.
Slanderers, people who have their eyes fixed on others and are constantly
caught up in the affairs of others, are everywhere. A monotonous and dreary
everyday life gives them a reason to threaten their fellow citizens with
scandalous exposures and push them down into hurtful holes when need be.
This is a way of keeping the entire society in suspenders.
Jante is thereby able to keep Jante down through the Law of Jante.
Sandemose knew that it wasn’t exactly evil that lived beneath this, but
rather angst and perplexity. Fear and distress can make a weak person attack
others and hurt those who see them suffering and dying in an attempt to free
themselves of their own flaws.
Producer: Kringvarp Føroya