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    No Limits” (Grænseløs) is autofiction, a novel

    of remembrance that chronicles the Sixties over four volumes in ten parts,

    totalling 2,300 pages. The author, Arne Herløv Petersen, was born in 1943 and

    has published almost a hundred books since 1962. The main premise is that what

    we know as the Sixties – the flower power, hippie-era – did not arise suddenly

    and spontaneously in 1967 or 1968, but existed in embryo from the beginning of

    the decade. We start in Denmark

    and move through countries all over the world as we proceed.

    The narrator is on a long journey and has the most amazing experiences on the

    way. In 1960 he is seventeen and goes to USA

    as an exchange student in Milwaukee,

    Wisconsin. Over 300 pages we hear

    about an America

    that is just about to lose the innocence of a Norman Rockwell drawing and

    entering another era. For Americans it can be an eye-opener to see their own

    society from the outside, like a glimpse through your own windows.

    The narrator returns to his native Denmark

    and goes on the study History, Russian and Chinese at the University of Copenhagen.

    He also publishes a volume of poems and his first novel, is active in politics

    on the left side and works as a journalist. He loves great parties, and his uninhibited

    amorous adventures take up a great part of his mind – and the book. In 1965 he

    and some friends buy an old sailing ship and plan to circumnavigate the globe,

    but have to return after heavy storms in the English Channels. Undaunted the

    friends buy a very old bus and go to Nepal, where they sell the bus.

    After harrowing experiences in India

    and South East Asia they reunite in Australia

    and proceed to French Polynesia, from where

    they are expulsed because of their close contacts to the independence movement.

    As the decade runs out, the narrator has returned to his native Denmark, where

    he learns that one of his books has been published in USA and returned a profit

    which he uses to buy a city house with seventeen apartments in Copenhagen.

    “No Limits” is a picture of a time what knew of no boundaries and could accept

    no established rules. The motto of the book is taken from The Doors: “We want

    the world and we want it now”.

    “No Limits” was published in Denmark in 2014

    to rave review. The influential newspaper “Politiken” wrote: “The descriptions

    of young and playful sex are among the best in the work. In “No Limits” the

    vagina and how it can be employed has been described more sensuously than ever

    before in Danish Literature… Arne Herløv Petersen can call forth the past so

    you can almost taste it”. “Arbejderen” wrote: “Sensed, registered and described

    in a wonderful language by one who dared taste all the possibilities. With

    roses – with and without thorns”. “Modkraft” wrote: “Fluently narrated and free

    of the selfjustifying rationalizations typically seen in autobiographies”. The

    Danish libraries wrote in their evaluation: “Arne Herløv Petersen can describe

    the many humourous episodes with no false notes whatsoever. The book can easily

    be compared to “My Struggle” by Karl Ove Knausgaard”.

    This excerpt from the second part of the novel – “Riverside” about American high school life

    1960-61 – has been translated by the respected translator Charlotte Barslund.

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