A Fairy Tale by Jonas T. Bengtsson

By Jonas T. Bengtsson

In a Europe without borderlines, the place social norms became fragile, a son needs to confront the sins of his father and grandfather, and invent new thoughts for survival

A younger boy grows up with a loving father who has little recognize for the legislations. they're regularly at the run, and as they stream from position to put, the boy is usually distraught to depart in the back of new friendships. since it will be dicey for him to visit university, his anarchistic father provides him an unconventional schooling meant to contradict up to attainable the lessons of his personal father, a preacher and a pervert. Ten years later, while the boy is getting into maturity, with a faux identify and an uneventful activity, he attempts to comply to the calls for of normal lifestyles, however the classes of the previous thwart his efforts, and questions about his father’s youth can't be left unanswered.

Spanning the mid-1980s to early-twenty-first-century in Copenhagen, this coming-of-age novel examines what it potential to be a stranger within the smooth international, and the way, for greater or for worse, a father’s legacy isn't handed on in any predictable model.

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By Jonas T. Bengtsson

In a Europe without borderlines, the place social norms became fragile, a son needs to confront the sins of his father and grandfather, and invent new thoughts for survival

A younger boy grows up with a loving father who has little recognize for the legislations. they're regularly at the run, and as they stream from position to put, the boy is usually distraught to depart in the back of new friendships. since it will be dicey for him to visit university, his anarchistic father provides him an unconventional schooling meant to contradict up to attainable the lessons of his personal father, a preacher and a pervert. Ten years later, while the boy is getting into maturity, with a faux identify and an uneventful activity, he attempts to comply to the calls for of normal lifestyles, however the classes of the previous thwart his efforts, and questions about his father’s youth can't be left unanswered.

Spanning the mid-1980s to early-twenty-first-century in Copenhagen, this coming-of-age novel examines what it potential to be a stranger within the smooth international, and the way, for greater or for worse, a father’s legacy isn't handed on in any predictable model.

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I was consequently led to favor mine, and this was a little concession to begin with. Even among us, I could not maintain complete equality. According to my comrades' condition, or the work they had to do, I gave an advantage to this or that one. Such distinctions are far-reaching, you can take my word for it. But decidedly I am tired and no longer want to think of that period. Let's just say that I closed the circle the day I drank the water of a dying comrade. No, no, it wasn't Du Guesclin; he was already dead, I believe, for he stinted himself too much.

You see the advantage, I am sure. The more I accuse myself, the more I have a right to judge you. Even better, I provoke you into judging yourself, and this relieves me of that much of the burden. Ah, mon cher, we are odd, wretched creatures, and if we merely look back over our lives, there's no lack of occasions to amaze and horrify ourselves. Just try. I shall listen, you may be sure, to your own confession with a great feeling of fraternity. [141] Don't laugh! Yes, you are a difficult client; I saw that at once.

There was a time when I didn't at any minute have the [114] slightest idea how I could reach the next one. Yes, one can wage war in this world, ape love, torture one's fellow man, or merely say evil of one's neighbor while knitting. But, in certain cases, carrying on, merely continuing, is superhuman. And he was not superhuman, you can take my word for it. He cried aloud his agony and that's why I love him, my friend who died without knowing. The unfortunate thing is that he left us alone, to carry on, whatever happens, even when we are lodged in the little-ease, knowing in turn what he knew, but incapable of doing what he did and of dying like him.

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