Review of Benny Andersen’s The Contract Killer
After meeting some of my favourite Danish authors at the 2013 Copenhagen Book Fair on the weekend, I’ve been reminded today of where it all started. My first ever translation, Benny Andersen’s The Contract Killer, has been reviewed in the October edition of World Literature Today!
The prolific Benny Andersen turns a failed private investigator into a bumbling hired gun in this short comic play. Andersen presents absurdist approaches to questions of life and death, never losing his sense of humor or his lighthearted turn of phrase. The shy and ineffectual protagonist — a hallmark of Andersen’s — is as relatable in English as in Danish.
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