Original title: BOB
Publisher: Gutkind, Danmark, 2021
Pages: 118 pages
So begins Helle Helle’s new novel Bob 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."
German: Dörlemann Verlag
Norwegian: Forlaget Oktober
The Montana Prize for Literature 2021