This Should Be Written in the Present Tense.pdf
This should be written in the present tense. But it isn't. Dorte should be at uni in Copenhagen. But she's not. She should probably put some curtains up in her new place. And maybe stop sleeping with her neighbour's boyfriend. Perhaps things don't always work out the way they should.
"Hilarious, loving and deadly serious" Berlingske Tidende "Some pieces of literature, no matter how great an effort you make as a critic, cannot be opened or captured in a way that does justice to the work. That's how I feel about Helle Helle's new and unusually precious novel... Most of the sentences are small works of art, containing a whole story in themselves" Weekendavisen "This Should be Written in the Present Tense is an excellent novel, yet another sleek and nonchalant masterpiece from Helle Helle" Information "Helle Helle has written a captivating novel about Dorte Hansen, who sleepwalks through life, letting chance rule" Politiken
'Why does one always read Helle Helle's books about the seemingly humdrum lives of lonely, sleepless women in the back of beyond with the kind of obsession normally reserved for well-turned thrillers?' Politiken 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 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.