BOB

BOB

Helle Helle

Original title: BOB
Publisher: Gutkind, Danmark, 2021
Genre: Novel
Pages: 118 pages

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“Out moves Bob and I with him to Vanløse”.

So begins Helle Helle’s new novel Bob, to be published in January 2021.

Bob’s not sure what he wants to do.
His girlfriend’s wrapped up in her uni course.
She’s the ‘she’ from they.
Meanwhile, he’s got a bit of part-time at the Seamen’s Home, when he’s not doing up their new bedsit and losing himself in Copenhagen street names.
Most of all he wants a future with her.
She’s the novel’s narrator. But all she talks about is Bob’s life – especially the bits that don’t involve her.

“Just think, at some point we’re going to get married and have kids. He’d uttered the same sentence before, most recently last week, and afterwards he’d thought: I’m not going to say that again for a very long time. Only now he already had."

We laugh and laugh, and we cry and cry. Not loudly guffawing or wailing, but quietly and intensely, and almost at the same time. That’s what it’s like to read Helle Helle.

Politiken, Denmark

Helle Helle

Helle helle 4, 2020, foto (c) mikkel carl nærmere torso
Photo by Mikkel Carl

Helle Helle (born 1965) is a graduate of the Danish Academy of Creative Writing and the author of a number of novels, as well as two collections of short fiction. Her most recent novel, de (they) (2018), was published 25 years after her debut, Eksempel på liv (Example of Life).

Helle Helle’s breakthrough novel, Rødby-Puttgarden (Rødby-Puttgarden) (2005), was awarded the Danish Critics’ Prize for Literature, since when she has received her native country’s highest literary accolades, including the Per Olov Enquist Prize, the Golden Laurels of the Danish Booksellers’ Association, the Grand Prize of the Danish Academy, and the Holberg Medal. Her books have been translated into 22 languages.

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