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A Fairy Tale

Written by Jonas T. Bengtsson • Translated by Charlotte Barslund

Published January 18, 2014 | ISBN 9781770893078
FICTION / Literary

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Regular price $16.95 CAD

352 pages
Digital Format

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About this book

A Fairy Tale

Jonas T. Bengtsson • Charlotte Barslund

From one of Denmark’s rising stars, a powerful and profound novel about a young boy and his father who live at the margins of society, until one day their adventure takes an unpredictable turn.

1986. Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme has been assassinated, and a young boy and his father are on the move again.Travelling from Sweden to the outskirts of Denmark and into the heart of Copenhagen, the two live an unconventional life, constantly on the move and living on the margins of society. The father, an eccentric, restless man, takes a series of odd jobs, from making antique furniture, to landscaping, to working as a bouncer at a strip club. By day he home-schools his young son. At night he weaves a fairy tale about a prince and a king who are on a mission to kill the wicked White Queen, while running from the White Men who hide in plain sight.

One day, their adventure takes a dark, unpredictable turn. Ten years later, when the boy is just entering adulthood, questions about his father’s murky past can no longer remain unanswered. An unforgettable novel about the profound love between a father and son.

About the Creators

Jonas T. Bengtsson

Jonas T. Bengtsson is the author of the critically acclaimed debut Amina’s Letters, which won the BG Bank First Book Award. His second novel, Submarino, was awarded the PO Enquist Literary Prize. House of Anansi will be debuting Bengtsson’s remarkable work in English with his third novel, A Fairy Tale.

Charlotte Barslund

Charlotte Barslund is a Scandinavian translator. She has translated novels by Karin Fossum, Per Petterson, Carsten Jensen, Sissel-Jo Gazan, Thomas Enger, and Mikkel Birkegaard, as well as many classic and contemporary plays. She lives in the U.K.

Awards and Praise
A unique and brilliantly observed depiction of a father-son relationship, and the perils of unconditional love.