“Relentlessly thrilling . . . an orgy of the unpredictable.” —New York Times Book Review
“Like Thomas Pynchon taking on late capitalism. . . . surrealistic, granular in its details, and concerned with social entropy and desperate attempts at communion.” —Wall Street Journal
From a major new international voice, mesmerizing, inventive fiction that probes the tender places where human longings push through the cracks of a breaking world.
Under Cancún’s hard blue sky, a beach boy provides a canvas for tourists’ desires, seeing deep into the world’s underbelly. An enigmatic encounter in Copenhagen takes an IT consultant down a rabbit hole of speculation that proves more seductive than sex. The collapse of a love triangle in London leads to a dangerous, hypnotic addiction. In the Nevada desert, a grieving man tries to merge with an unearthly machine.
After the Sun opens portals to our newest realities, haunting the margins of a globalized world that’s both saturated with yearning and brutally transactional. Infused with an irrepressible urgency, Eika’s fiction seems to have conjured these far-flung characters and their encounters in a single breath. Juxtaposing startling beauty with grotesquery, balancing the hyperrealistic with the fantastical—“as though the worlds he describes are being viewed through an ultraviolet filter,” in one Danish reviewer's words—he has invented new modes of storytelling for an era when the old ones no longer suffice.
About the Author
Jonas Eika has received numerous awards for his writing, including the Nordic Council Literature Prize. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker. He lives in Copenhagen.
Sherilyn Nicolette Hellberg is a writer and a translator of Danish literature, most recently of Johanne Bille’s Elastic and Ida Marie Hede’s Adorable.
Praise for After the Sun:
“Relentlessly thrilling. . . . the sentences in these stories stretch past the limits of the ordinary to the luridly extraordinary, and some moments feel as if they are breaking through to the sublime. . . . an orgy of the unpredictable.” –The New York Times
“Like Thomas Pynchon taking on late capitalism. . . . surrealistic, granular in its details, and concerned with social entropy and desperate attempts at communion.” —Wall Street Journal “Bewitching . . .[and] scarily intimate. . . .What radiates from Eika’s gritty magical realism is ambient but potent: a grief so profound that it transfigures, a loneliness so abject that it fractures perception. . . . Dreamy, febrile and thoroughly twisted, After the Sun is . . . a bold debut from an author who understands the generative capacity of fiction.” —Seattle Times
“Urgent, deliriously discomforting . . . . Eika holds nothing back in his fiction, he goes into the tightest of spaces and most intimate and terrifying of moments in order to breakthrough to places few have been before — or even imagined existing.” —Refinery29
“Eika deftly exposes the absurdity and harm of class, capitalism, and global oppressive structures. . . . utterly refreshing.” –BOMB Magazine
“Searingly beautiful. . . breathtaking in the truest sense. . . . [Eika’s] understanding of the alienation felt deep at the heart of so many, and the abstracted and byzantine nature of the systems undergirding our detached lives is unparalleled. But most of all. . . he’s able to realize the joy to be found, however fleetingly, in our shattered world.” –Chicago Review of Books
“The characters in these atmospheric, immersive stories are as arresting as the lives they lead. . . . [it] will leave you unsettled and mulling over our world's isolation and interconnectivity.” –Good Housekeeping
“Eika’s ability to combine foreboding with magic realism generates excitement in this English-language debut.” —Library Journal
“From a Danish wunderkind . . .mesmerizing . . .utterly brilliant . . .these strange stories catch like fishhooks into the reader's nervous system.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Surreal [and] globe-spanning . . . Eika’s fusing of the magic realist mode with the alienation of modernity makes for a winning formula.” —Publishers Weekly
“Gripping. . . . The global reach of these stories underscores the universality of the alienation that these characters endure. And the surreal debris Eika evokes from the fallout of capitalism has its own resonance.” –Booklist
"Political fictions aren't supposed to be this personal. Satires aren't supposed to be this heartbreaking. Surrealism isn't supposed to be this real. Giving a damn isn't supposed to be this fun. From slights of hand, to shocks to the heart, After the Sun is doing all the things you don't expect it to and leaving a big bold mark in what we call literature." —Marlon James, author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf
“Striking literary craftsmanship in an experimental mix of shock-lit, sci-fi, dada and Joycean glints presented as loose time scenes that slide in and out like cards in the hands of the shuffler. By the end, this reader had the impression of having been drawn through a keyhole.” —Annie Proulx, author ofBarkskins “Eika's prose flexes a light-footed, vigilant, and unpredictable animalism: it's practically pantheresque. After the Sun is an electrifying, utterly original read.” —Claire-Louise Bennett, author of Pond
“Jonas Eika blew the doors and windows of my imagination open, and now there is a galaxy in my head and a supernova in my heart. After the Sun vibrates with the aftershock of capitalism and reality flux. Its characters confront the world we've made as if they are facing off with ex-lovers who won't leave, caught at the instant before they will either flame on or flame out. Thrilling.” —Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water
“The young Danish author Jonas Eika completely destroys every safety net: his book After the Sun has a combustible power in its longing for another world—and it expands the term ‘fiction.’ No other poet has exploded onto the scene like Eika in a long while.” —Der Spiegel
“After the Sun has surprised and enthralled the jury with its global perspective, its sensual and imaginative language, and its ability to speak about contemporary political challenges without the reader feeling in any way directed to a certain place. . . . There is a real sense of poetic magic. Reality opens into other possibilities; other dimensions. There is something wonderful and hopeful in it that reminds us how literature can do more than just mirror what we already know.” —The Jury of the Nordic Council Literature Prize