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Hella Joof's bedste bøger

Hella Joof's bedste bøger

By Hella Joof

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This book list was curated for you by Friendspire on 8 April 2020 based on a list by Hella Joof.

Reading is one of those hobbies that tends to stay with you for life. Sure, we might start reading children's books like Clifford The Big Red Dog, but as we get older, so too do the books we read. It starts with a easy book, then it progresses to young adult novels, biographies, and classics. Reading takes us out of our everyday l
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Baby

1999 | Kirsten Thorup

Kirsten Thorup’s Baby introduces us to strangers, the outsiders: misfits, deviants, losers, the powerless, those at the bottom of the social hierarchy. They are the other side of the coin, the failures. The novel opens in the Mexicana, a cheap nightclub in the Vesterbro district of Copenhagen, where several acquaintances are gathered together in a meaningless, hand-to-mouth companionship. When the club closes, they go their own ways, never to return to the club again a dispersion that gives the book its basic pattern of wandering and aimlessness and no neatly rounded closing of the circle. Their tracts zigzag through the city. We follow Mark—the untalented auto salesman with the Orson Welles profile who is heavily in debt and does not know how to get out—home to his money-grubbing wife who get household income by selling herself to the loan shark who has Mark in his clutches. We follow Suzie on a drunken spree in Sweden with a couple of delinquents. We visit Leni, who has never written the book she wants to write because she has had to support herself by translating porno magazines. We go with her to the home of her former husband, Eddy, who once owned the run-down apartment where Karla, a single mother with two children, now lives. Eddy is the central to the story. He is the spider; his money—and its power—are the poison. Permeating the everyday lives of these characters is an experience that perhaps a woman best can formulate: the experience of being a thing, an object rather than a subject, a receiver—of bribery, of blows and bruises, of caresses, or persuasive words. And perhaps a woman’s sensitivity is also particularly suited to describing this state with the unsentimental tenderness that Kirsten Thorup manifests in Baby. Baby deals with people who have been pushed out into the darkness. They are the children of darkness and some of them do dark deeds. But Thorup has said that if she had to choose an epigraph for the novel, it would be a line from Hugo: “Not those who do dark deeds, but those who create the darkness are the truly guilty ones.”

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Guds barmhjertighed

1999 | Kerstin Ekman, Anne Marie Bjerg

Den unge Hillevi Klarin ankommer i foråret 1916 til sin nye post som jordemoder i den øde og isolerede nordsvenske landsby Röbäck. Hendes idealisme og engagement konfronteres med en barsk virkelighed præget af fattigdom og nød, uvidenhed og fordomme i en lokalbefolkning bestående af både svenskere og nordmænd - og lapper, der opfattes som beskidte og dyriske. Allerede efter en måned involveres Hillevi i en ulykkelig og uhyggelig barnefødsel, hvis konsekvenser kommer til at forfølge hende. Hendes elskede, Edvard Nolin, kommer til landsbyen for at overtage præsteembedet dér. Men forholdet overlever ikke de hårde vilkår, og i stedet gifter Hillevi sig med Trond Halvorsen, en noget usleben jæger og købmand, hvis kærlighed til Hillevi måske ikke er elegant, men i det mindste oprigtig. Sammen får de to børn - samt et tredje, en lille lappisk pige, som de adopterer. Risten, som pigen hedder, er historiens egentlige fortæller. Hun er bindeleddet mellem de døde og de levende, hun har en særlig forståelse for naturens tegn og lyde. Det er fra hende, vi får stedmoderens historie. Guds barmhjertighed er en vidtfavnende historisk roman, der spænder fra 1916 og frem til årene kort før 2. Verdenskrig. Det er stykke enestående kvindehistorie om kristen moralisme, om ulykkelige graviditeter, aborter og selvmord, men også om lykkelige kærlighedshistorier mellem mand og kvinde og mellem forældre og børn.

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Willful Disregard

2016 | Lena Andersson

"I never thought a book about anxious Swedish intellectuals engaged in a philosophical back and forth would grip me like an airport read, but here we are. Jenni recommended this book as 'perfect, just read it' and she was right. From the very first page I was deep in the headspace of our protagonist, Esther, a woman willing to destroy her life for a man who barely acknowledges her. This slim volume explores the power dynamic cultural capital and fame bring to a relationship, and the lengths we're willing to go to in order to imagine we're getting what we want. Jenni said: 'I want to give this to every person I know who is in a one sided relationship. This will snap them right out of it.'" --Lena Dunham Ester Nilsson is a sensible person in a sensible relationship. Until the day she is asked to give a lecture on famous artist Hugo Rask. The man himself is in the audience, intrigued and clearly delighted by her fascination with him. When the two meet afterward, she is spellbound. Ester's life is then intrinsically linked to this meeting and the chain of events that unfolds. She leaves her boyfriend and throws herself into an imaginary relationship with Hugo. She falls deeply in love, and he consumes her thoughts. Indeed, in her own mind she's sure that she and Hugo are a couple. Slowly and painfully Ester comes to realize that her perception of the relationship is different from his. She's a woman who prides herself on having a rational and analytical mind, but in the face of her overpowering feelings for Hugo, she is too clever and too honest for her own good. Bitingly funny and darkly fascinating, Willful Disregard is a story about total and desperate devotion, and how willingly we betray ourselves in the pursuit of love.

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