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We, the Drowned, By Carsten Jensen, Trans. Charlotte Barslund and Emma Ryder

"Now it was time to meet the sea... We said goodbye to our mothers. They'd been around all our lives, but we'd never properly seen them. They'd been bent over washing-tubs or cooking-pots, their faces red and swollen from heat and steam, holding everything together while our fathers were away at sea. It was their endurance and exhaustion we knew rather than them." Not that endurance and exhaustion don't also characterise the fathers' lives, which they join, at the earliest age possible. Years go by on board ship, bringing only thankless tedious labours and random exposure to very real dangers.

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Debenhams acquires Danish chain for £12m

Debenhams has acquired a Danish department store chain for £12.3m, signalling its growing ambitions beyond the UK.

Player loses leg after lightning strike

A Danish player had his leg amputated six weeks after being struck by lightning during a friendly.

Nicholas Dane, By Melvin Burgess

This fine novel exposes the abusive regimes that operated in the worst British care homes during the 1980s. Given that there is now pressure to reduce the emphasis on fostering children at risk or abandoned in favour of more institutional solutions, Nicholas Dane is nothing if not timely. Set in Manchester and loosely based on Oliver Twist, it describes how 14-year-old Nicholas is taken into care after his single mother, a secret junkie, dies of an overdose while he is at school.

Manchester City 0 FC Midtjylland 1: Olsen leaves Hughes facing humiliating exit

Danny Olsen made sure a difficult week for Manchester City became an embarrassing one as well. With manager Mark Hughes obliged to state publicly he would be staying amid talk of financial constraints and internal conflict he needed a victory in the first leg of this Uefa Cup qualifier to lighten his load.

Drunken Swede tries to row home from Denmark

A drunken 78-year-old Swede stole a dinghy after a night out in the Danish town of Helsingor and tried to row back to Sweden, but fell asleep halfway, Danish police said.

Papers republish Mohamed cartoon

Denmark's leading newspapers have reprinted a caricature of the prophet Mohamed that led to riots in Muslim countries two years ago.

BRIDGE

Today's hand arose in the finals of the Danish Teams Championship. Klaus Adamsen was declarer in Four Spades.

Race for the Arctic

An international 'cold war' has begun over who owns the rapidly unfreezing wastes of the far north and what is thought to be its treasure of natural resources. Daniel Howden and Ben Holst report

Robertson and Emms denied gold in classic battle

Nathan Robertson produced another enormous post-match pogo here last night, just as he had in the moment of his and partner Gail Emms' semi-final victory over their Danish opponents. This time, however, the propelling force was frustration rather than elation after seeing the mixed doubles gold medal turn tantalisingly in front of his face before being re-claimed by China's top seeds and defending champions, Zhang Jun and Gao Ling, who won 15-1, 12-15, 15-12.

Olympian charged after his car kills Briton in Athens

A member of the Danish Olympic sailing team was charged with manslaughter yesterday after the car he was driving hit and killed a British pedestrian in Athens.

Gravesen accentuates the work ethic

He may not be the prettiest player at Euro 2004, or the most egocentric, but he is certainly one of the most effective and one of the most underestimated. Even as Denmark deflect dreams of making progress to a possible semi-final match with Greece, Thomas Gravesen works hard at playing down his role and his value. By the end of tonight's keenly anticipated quarter-final meeting with the Czech Republic here at the Estadio do Dragao, he hopes to be as successful as he is industrious.

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