This Should Be Written in the Present Tense

This Should Be Written in the Present Tense From Denmark s master of minimalism a unique and mesmerising new novelThis 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 p

  • Title: This Should Be Written in the Present Tense
  • Author: Helle Helle
  • ISBN: 9781846558054
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From Denmark s master of minimalism, a unique and mesmerising new novelThis 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.

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    1. Helle Helle

      Helle Helle born 1965 published her first book in 1993 Since then, her work has garnered overwhelming critical and popular acclaim.Recently awarded the Golden Laurel literary prize, Helle Helle is the recipient of countless literary accolades, among them the Danish Critics Prize, the Danish Academy s Beatrice Prize, the P.O Enquist Award and the prestigious Lifetime Award of the Danish Arts Council.Her novels and short stories have been translated into 18 languagesBLIOGRAPHYThey novel 2018If You Want novel 2014This Should Be Written in the Present Tense novel 2011Down to the Dogs novel 2008 R dby Puttgarden novel 2005 The Idea of an Uncomplicated Life with a Man novel 2002Cars and Animals short stories 2000House and Home novel 1999Remains short stories 1996Example of Life novel 1993

    322 thoughts on “This Should Be Written in the Present Tense”

    1. A Christmas present from my mum, who loves Helle Helle. She was complaining that I didn't read enough Danish books, and Helle Helle lives in the same town as my parents, so Christmas present.But I will not read any more of Helle Helle's books. Nothing happens and I don't like her writing style. She writes like I did when I was 7. To show you this, here is a short resume of the book by me, in her writing style:"I couldn't sleep, I could hear the train, it was half past four. I made breakfast, but [...]


    2. Well, this was boring. This review (/review/show) pretty much sums it up. But not only is this boring, it actually manages to be confusing too. The main character has the same name as her aunt (for a moment there, I thought we were reading about the aunt in her youth versus her 40's), and keeps jumping back and forth in time between seemingly equally boring periods of time in her life, only demarcated by her increasing inertia and exchange of boyfriends. She goes through a couple of different me [...]


    3. Pinhan'ın bu serisi bende hayal kırıklığı üstüne hayal kırıklığı yaratıyor. Kasım Yağmuru ile son bir şans tanıyacağım. O da beklediğim gibi çıkmazsa "bilinmedik kuzey yazarlarına ve edebiyatına" bir mola vereceğim.


    4. Moje první setkání s dánskou spisovatelkou Helle Helle. Jsem velmi spokojen. Jde o příběh mladé ženy - sledujeme její běžný den, místy absurdně popsaný v podstatě nepodstatnými informacemi. (Ty jsou postupně neodmyslitelné a ke konci vám ani nepřijde, že je to napsané jinak než obvykle.) Vcelku je to ale milé čtení, dost jsem se s hlavní hrdinkou sžil a teď mě trochu mrzí, že nevím, co bude dělat dál.


    5. First off, let me say that this was the first book in decades I bought solely because I loved the title and especially the cover. Secondly, the British translation of the original Danish text has - to my mind as a North American reader and writer of the language – tons and tons of comma splices. Like this: "She said we could stay as long as we liked, all we had to do was shut the door behind us."I realize that what North Americans consider to be comma splices are not so strictly viewed as gram [...]


    6. The first English translation of Danish bestseller Helle Helle’s works, this is the melancholy story of a young woman drifting through life. Dorte Hansen, a university student, has recently moved to Copenhagen’s outskirts. Except she doesn’t attend classes. She doesn’t do anything, really. Insomnia lengthens her days into an eternity yet she can’t summon the energy to decorate her unfurnished flat by the railway station; she never even puts up curtains.A restless wanderer, she fills he [...]




    7. Po dočtení jsem měla rozporuplné pocity. Nic hlubšího ve mně kniha nezanechala, na konci jsem se sama sebe ptala ,,a to je jako všechno?". Co se ale dánské spisovatelce nedá upřít je fakt, že je to zas něco úplně jiného. Žádné květnaté popisy, jen strohý popis děje a činností, které ve finále ani nejsou tak podstatné. Jako by nás autorka záměrně nechávala, abychom si příběh domysleli sami. Zároveň umí pomocí těch strohých vět skvělé popsat atmosfér [...]


    8. Jeg må nok bare konkludere, at jeg aldrig bliver venner med dansk socialrealisme. Jeg synes simpelthen det er SÅ kedeligt. Jeg kan godt se, at Helle Helle kan skrive og jeg bliver skam også behørigt deprimeret af at læse om Dorte Jensen og hendes umådeligt triste liv. Men jeg vil have noget igen, hvis jeg skal gå og blive deprimeret på andres vegne!Når en bog ikke er intellektuelt eller litterært udfordrende, så skal den i det mindste være spændende. Denne bog er ingen af delene.Dog [...]


    9. I saw this book on Netgalley and two things drew me in about it. First was the synopsis which, in its bareness, was one of the most interesting ones I had read. And then there was the draw of reading something Scandinavian. I had never heard of Helle Helle and I think it's a shame that the only Scandinavian literature that really makes it to the rest of Europe is its thrillers and crime novels. This Should Be Written In Present Tense is an example of the kind of magnificent books we're missing o [...]


    10. If you are the kind of reader who enjoyed Stoner and Knausgaard, then you'll like this. If those weren't your cup of tea, I'd give this a wide berth. This is a very minimalist novel, where we follow a normal college girl who lives in a few different places during her time at college. It has no plot really, but instead we follow her every day life. It's artistically written and fascinated me. The best way I can describe it is that Helle Helle is to books what Tracey Emin is to art.



    11. Twenty year-old Dorte has just moved to Glumsø, renting a small cottage very close to a steadily busy railway line. It is basic and cramped, but the rent is low and the location is ideally situated for an easy commute in and out of Copenhagen, where she is enrolled in college courses. She spends her days boarding buses and trains but largely avoiding the campus, preferring instead to roam the streets, shopping, drinking coffee, eating and sitting around. At home, she cooks the simplest possible [...]


    12. Tahle kniha je o ničem. Ale na rozdíl od jiných děl nemáte pocit, že by to nějak zvlášť vadilo. Styl Helle Helle je neskutečně originální a krásně se odlišuje. Ten filosofický přesah tedy není nic pro mě, ale rozhodně v knize něco spatřuju. Něco nového, neokoukaného a zajímavého. A čte se to dobře a rychle. Tak proč ne. Oproti Jestli chceš je to určitě posun.70 %Recenze books-postcards-geocaches.blo


    13. Selvom 'Dette burde skrives i nutid' ikke er en forfærdelig bog, vælger jeg alligevel at tage afsked med Helle Helle's romaner med dette "mesterværk", som den jo kaldes af de fleste. Selvom 'Dette burde skrives i nutid' ikke er en forfærdelig bog, vil jeg driste mig til at sige at dansk litteratur ville falde endnu mere til jorden (ja, jeg snakker om alle de ekstremt trivielle krimier (ja, jeg kigger på dig Jussi Adler Olsen)). Problemet er, at Helle Helle kun skriver med to formål. Det f [...]


    14. Oprindeligt havde jeg "kun" givet denne bog 4 stjerner, men det er gået op for mig, at det simpelthen ikke er tilstrækkeligt. For "Dette burde skrives i nutid" er (endnu) en mesterlig roman fra Helle Helles hånd. Der er sætninger, der sætter sig fast, og som er umulige at glemme, fx den fuldstændigt absurde Forældrene gik og fløjtede nede i baghaven. De havde ikke rigtig styr på ukrudtet, de var begge to dansklærereI stedet for at sætte et punktum mellem to helsætninger, sætter Hell [...]


    15. Çok tatlı bir roman "bu, şimdiki zaman kipinde yazılmalıydı". coğrafya kültür ve sanatı nasıl etkiliyor çok uzun uzun araştırılabilecek bir konu aslında. danimarkalı yazar helle helle (evet, adı bu) genç yetişkin bir insanın aslında nasıl da hâlâ büyüdüğünü, saçmaladığını, saçmaladığını bildiği halde saçmalamaya devam ettiğini, okula gitmesi gerekirken gitmediğini, uyku düzenini oturtması gerekinken bütün gündüz uyuduğunu öyle usul usul, öyle [...]


    16. "'I'm not sure I agree with you on that,' I said, 'Sometimes things happen.' 'Yes,' she said. 'But that's only in reality. And here we're talking about fiction.'"The stark minimalist prose that is, I assume, Helle Helle's trademark is, I imagine, quite divisive. I enjoyed it. It's a story where very little happens, love affairs start and end, journeys are taken, trains are missed, incidental snippets of a life that add up to something more. Or do things just happen without meaning? It's a book t [...]


    17. najradšej by som bol, keby si túto knihu prečítali všetci moji kamoši !taký severský minimalizmus s ,,mestečkovou" atmosférou, ide z toho akési zvláštne napätie a pri tom je to len o obyčajných vzťahoch, lenže čo je viac ako obyčajný vzťah, veď na tých možno všetko stojí. A tu sa tie piliere rôzne chvejú. Trápne situácie vykreslované ako niečo najsamozrejmejšie a prirodzene ľudské. Útulnosť zle vykúrených bytov a ľahkosť studených rán. Helle Helle!



    18. Z toho mám lehce rozporuplné pocity. Trošku naivní, jak bych to psala já, když mi bylo sedmnáct (ale hlavní hrdince je taky tak nějak, takže ok) a trochu jsem se ztrácela v postavách /doteď si nejsem jistá, jestli je Dorte teta a kde jako bydlí/ a kde kdo je, ale takhle to má být - útržkovité fragmenty.Navíc do tohohle upršeného podzimního období to vážně sedne a určitě se poohlédnu i po dalších knihách autorky.



    19. I found this just ok. On the theme of self-determination, it didn't work as strongly or as touchingly as Naive.Super by Erlend Loe or Autoportrait or Suicide by Edouard Leve which share some characteristics of format, the repetitive daily motions of someone either itemising their life in order to scrutinise it, or stuck in a rut whether through depression, writer's block, or existential ennui. Its short sentences, often with comma splices, are too often inelegant and blunt rather than immediate [...]


    20. An exellent example of why I shouldn’t buy a book just because it has a curious title, its cover is beautiful and it is from one of my Nordic dream countries. It was as boring as hell for me.


    21. If I could give one advice to the author of "This should be written in present tense", is to change the title of the book to "This should not have been written at all". This is a story written by Helle Helle, apparently Denmarks' master in minimalism. Well, I can agree on that one. Minimalistic it is. 186 pages of. nothing. Really. Sheer nothing.Main character Dorte lives in a bungalow near a train station and is supposed to be studying at the university of Copenhagen, only she isn't. She fills [...]


    22. Helle Helle (1965) is de bestverkopende literair auteur uit Denemarken. Haar roman De veerboot werd genomineerd voor de BG Bank Litteraturpris en won de Kritikerprisen. Verder verschenen Het idee van een ongecompliceerd leven (2008) en Naar de honden (2009). Haar boeken werden vertaald in 10 tale. Uitgeverij Contact bracht ook Dit zou in de tegenwoordige tijd geschreven moeten worden uit. Complimenten aan vertaler Kor de Vries die de puntige, korte zinnen in het Nederlands overzette. Na twee kor [...]


    23. This Should be Written in the Present Tense by Helle Helle is a book written in ‘staccato’ but with a mood that is distinctly ‘lamentoso’.Short, detatched and seemingly unrelated sentences deliver the story of Dorte, a university student living alone and not going to classes. There’s a fair degree of commentary on apple trees, trains, insomnia, ex-boyfriends and her aunt (also named Dorte).“After that the suitcase lived in my room. At one point it was a bedside table, the lamp threw [...]


    24. This review was originally posted here at Hepburn's Pixie Crop.Helle Helle's This Should Be Written in the Present Tense is a very simple book. It tells the story of Dorte, a young women, supposedly studying in Copenhagen, but really living alone by a railway station, unsure of what to do with her days. Throughout the story she has numerous relationships with men of varying intensities, but they never fill the void for her. This sense of emptiness and lack can be felt through Helle's incredibly [...]


    25. "I had a feeling I needed help in other areas as well, but I didn't know which. When I covered my ears with my hands there was a rushing noise inside me that sounded like a whole shoreline. It wasn't worrying in itself. But I had this little flutter under my breadtbone, it felt like homesickness. Perhaps it was just acid reflux." pg 70This book probably won't win many fans, except for maybe sad college girls. The narrator's refrain is alternately "I didn't know what to do with myself" and "I fel [...]


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