The Resource The invoice : a novel, Jonas Karlsson ; translated from the Swedish by Neil Smith

The invoice : a novel, Jonas Karlsson ; translated from the Swedish by Neil Smith

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The invoice : a novel
Title
The invoice
Title remainder
a novel
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Jonas Karlsson ; translated from the Swedish by Neil Smith
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  • eng
  • swe
  • eng
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Review
  • Talk about a deliciously absurdist situation: a movie-obsessed young man who survives modestly on pizza and a part-time job at a video store receives an invoice for 5.7 million kronor (about $663,000), owed for all he has experienced in his life. Leading Swedish actor/playwright Karlsson debuts with a novel already sold to 11 countries. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 02/15/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 3, p71)
  • A Stockholm video store clerk receives a mysterious bill for 5,700,000 kronor in a charming story that explores the relationship between money and happiness. The nameless hero of Swedish actor Karlsson's (The Room, 2015) short novel is the ultimate lovable nebbish. His simple life consists of going to work, eating takeout pizza, and looking out the window. His pleasures include old movies, ice cream, spending time with a cheapskate buddy, and revisiting treasured memories of his one great love. He is a connoisseur of even smaller diversions: "Then I came up with a new way of puffing out my cheeks and amused myself with that for a while. After that I found the remains of an old sticker that someone had stuck to the side of the counter, now just fragments that it was quite fun to pick off with my thumb and forefinger. Twenty minutes or so later, I'd almost managed to get rid of it all." When he investigates the massive invoice, he learns that a mysterious authority called W.R.D. has been empowered to levy fees against all citizens for the amount of happiness they have experienced in their lives. But how can a person who owns almost nothing, has no social life to speak of, and has passed up every opportunity for advancement owe so much, he wonders—more than anyone else! Several times more than millionaires and people "whose lives are a never-ending party." His attempt to understand the bill leads him into an extended phone relationship with one of W.R.D.'s customer support consultants and into a deeper examination of what has caused his "Experienced Happiness" quotient to achieve such heights. A fable for the ages. Should be read alongside The Trial and Nineteen Eighty-Four as an antidote.(Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2016)
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10515944
Cataloging source
PABRO
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1971-
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Karlsson, Jonas
Index
no index present
LC call number
PT9877.21.A74
LC item number
F3513 2016
Literary form
fiction
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Smith, Neil
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True
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  • Happiness
  • Invoices
  • Accounts payable
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The invoice : a novel, Jonas Karlsson ; translated from the Swedish by Neil Smith
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
19 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
204 pages
Isbn
9781101905142
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)952010136
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The invoice : a novel, Jonas Karlsson ; translated from the Swedish by Neil Smith
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
19 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
204 pages
Isbn
9781101905142
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)952010136

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