- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Harvill Secker (December 23, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846558050
- ISBN-13: 978-1846558054
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,849,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This Should Be Written in the Present Tense Hardcover – International Edition, December 23, 2014
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"Helle Helle's simple, to-the-point prose cuts to the quick...it's refreshing to find such an intimate book that leaves something for the reader to writer in their own mind...This Should be Written in the Present Tense is a contemporary classic in the making" -- Emma Nicklin Stylist "Helle has enchanting gifts as a storyteller... This Should Be Written in the Present Tense possesses an immediacy that tenderly and consistently compels." New York Times Book Review "A book with all the bigness hidden away" -- John Self Guardian "This Should Be Written in the Present Tense may sound like just another bildungsroman, but it's surprisingly devoid of ego, and deeply thoughtful" Paris Review "Compelling " Emerald Street "There is so much in this book, so much hinted at and alluded to. So much going on off-screen. [...] One of the literary finds of the year" Bookmunch "A beautiful evocation of the reckless naivete of the early years of adulthood. [Helle Helle's] pared back style gives the novel a haunting quality, exquisitely reflecting the detachment and doubts of the protagonist's life. [...] This is a highly recommended introduction to the work of a talented new name on the European literary scene" Book Trust "Helle Helle is a star in her native Denmark but hasn't been translated into English until now - on this evidence she's worth the wait" -- Anthony Cummins Metro
About the Author
HELLE HELLE is arguably Denmark's foremost modern novelist and its most popular. The accolades bestowed on her have been many and prestigious, including the Danish Critics' Prize, the Danish Academy's Beatrice Prize, and the P.O. Enquist Award. She is a bestseller in Denmark and she was recently given the Lifetime Award of the Danish Arts Council. Her work has been translated into thirteen languages. This is her first novel to be translated into English.
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Eventually, Helle's writing style, in refusing to succumb to any weighted passage, stretching instead the reader's patience with book-long buried allusions, descends to vapidity.
Perhaps it is a matter of taste. Perhaps my tropical background instinctively prefers branches groaning with plump fruits of juicy sentences despite my pretensions of liking the bare Bergmanian boughs. One must take any story on its own terms. But in all honesty, one never achieves this: each reader interacts with the pages uniquely. Hence, to me, This Should be Written in the Present Tense launches solidly, with me enraptured by its shadowy winter writing, only to leave me too long in the cold.
I recommend in particular if you are a fan of Sheila Heti's How Should A Person Be?, Lydia Davis's The End of the Story, or Jenny Offill's Dept. of Speculation.
One last note: the translation is heavy on British colloquialisms, which inevitably makes the book feel somewhat more British than Danish.