"This sprawling saga of one Dane's life also succeeds as an epochal portrait of noisy, pluralistic, turn-of-the-20th-century Europe." --Publishers Weekly
"[Pontoppidan is] a full-blooded storyteller who scrutinizes our lives and society so intensely that he ranks within the highest class of European writers . . . He judges the times and then, as a true poet, points us towards a purer, more honorable way of being human." --Thomas Mann
"What startled its contemporaries about this strange novel was . . . the sense of something new, one of those as yet unnamed and perhaps unnameable psychic discoveries for which the novelists of the period--from Dostoevsky to James--desperately searched . . . This turns out to have been the novel's project . . . to modify our sense of what luck or happiness means."
--Fredric Jameson, LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS
"Henrik Pontoppidan rules over the province of Danish letters with a grey-bearded authority akin to Leo Tolstoy's or Henry James's . . . [LUCKY PER is] one of the great novels about modernity . . . [It] breathes the excited, tempestuous air of its time, but it often feels strikingly modern." --THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
"This novel, with its relentless probing for what lies beyond our blind spots, will leave standing no final protection from the human truth: not class, not learning, not ideology, and in these moments when a character grows strong enough to drop her blinders and simply see, as the novelist sees, Lucky Per
becomes not just great, but prophetic." --from the Introduction by Garth Risk Hallberg