Kristian Olsen, Aaju
, born 1942, Greenlandish author and artist. Educated as a teacher, he has worked in both the Danish and the Greenlandish school system, between 1998 and 2002 as director of the Greenlander Home in Hellerup. Aaju has published collections of poetry and short stories, several in bilingual editions (Greenlandish/Danish) and with his own illustrations.
His poetry debut Kinaassutsip taallai/Balladen om identiteten/Ballad of Identity
(1979) tries to define a Greenlandish identity during the great societal changes in the 1960s and 70s. The theme reappears in his first novel Kiinnanni qaamaaneq
(The Light In Your Face
, 1996) about a Greenlandish businessman in conflict with his family because of conflicts between old and new norms. In the poetry collection Oqaatsit Nunaat/Ordenes land/Land of Words
(2003) Aaju tries to capture the Greenlandish landscape in a series of natural romantic poems.
In his latest collection of short stories, Inuit nipaat/Menneskestemmer/Human Voices
(2005) he lends his voice to people who are rarely heard in modern society. The same themes are mirrored in Aaju's expressionist linoleum carvings and paintings; questioning, searching faces, often mask-like, is one recurring theme.
About the book: A different but exciting thriller, with the plot set in Holbaek, Nuuk, Roskilde and Qaqortoq. Aaju weaves a colourful picture, where the psychological rather than the bloodsoaked crime takes a high seat. Two rather young girls' play and fascination with each other leads to fatal consequences when one of them is involved in a violent plot ending in murder.