Giveaway!: A Fairy Tale by Jonas T. Bengtsson


WINNER: Congratulations to Joy!  Please contact us with your shipping information and we’ll get the book out to you ASAP!

ABOUT: We’ve got one copy of Jonas T. Bengtsson’s English language debut (published by Other Press) to pass along to a lucky winner:

It’s 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme has just been assassinated, and a young boy and his father are on the move again.  As the two of them travel from Sweden to the outskirts of Denmark and into the heart of Copenhagen, the boy receives an unconventional education from his anarchistic father, intended to reverse the teachings he received from of his own father, a small-town preacher.  The pair’s adventure takes a shockingly dark turn when the father’s political beliefs manifest in a horrifying act of violence.  Ten years later, bearing a false name, working a monotonous job, and left without his father to guide him, the boy struggles to adjust to life in the modern world and make the transition into adulthood. At an inimitable crossroads, the boy is forced to confront unanswered questions about his father’s murky past and come to terms with the painful facts of his family’s history in order to make his own way forward.

You can read our review of the novel by clicking here.

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment below.  Maybe tell us what you favorite fairy tale is. Yes, it’s that simple.


  • Using we’ll select one winner from the list of entries (one entry per person, please).
  • All eligible entries must be received by 8PM EST on Thursday, April 3rd.
  • One lucky winner will receive a copy of Jonas T. Bengtsson’s A Fairy Tale.
  • We’ll announce the winner on Friday, April 4th via an update to the top of this post.
  • We’ll make every attempt to contact you if you win.  Otherwise, the winner will have 1 WEEK to email us at with their mailing addresses.

MORE: Read on for a full description of the book.

A_Fairy_TaleA Fairy Tale by Jonas T. Bengtsson
Translated from the Danish by Charlotte Barslund

A young boy grows up with a loving father who has little respect for the law. They are always on the run, and as they move from place to place, the boy is often distraught to leave behind new friendships. Because it would be dicey for him to go to school, his anarchistic father gives him an unconventional education intended to contradict as much as possible the teachings of his own father, a preacher and a pervert. Ten years later, when the boy is entering adulthood, with a fake name and a monotonous job, he tries to conform to the demands of ordinary life, but the lessons of the past thwart his efforts, and questions about his father’s childhood cannot be left unanswered.

Spanning the mid-1980s to early-twenty-first-century in Copenhagen, this coming-of-age novel examines what it means to be a stranger in the modern world, and how, for better or for worse, a father’s legacy is never passed on in any predictable fashion. (from the publisher).

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Aaron Westerman is the Manager of Web Architecture for a national human services organization. When he's not busy tearing sites apart and rebuilding them, he spends his ever shrinking free time trying to keep up with his twins, reading works of translated literature, and watching far too many Oscar nominated movies.

  • seeword

    Back in the good old days we lived in a small rural community – 0 libraries, 0 bookstores. So my mom belonged to the Book of the Month Club. As part of subscription she got a two volume boxed set of Grimm’s and Andersen’s tales. My brother taught me to read using those two books.

  • The Rooster Reads

    I haven’t thought much about what my favorite fairy tale would be. I saw a play of The Emperor’s New Clothes when I was very young and have remembered it fondly. As far as Disney fairy tales I always loved Bambi. I have recently read Jack and the Beanstalk to my grandson, although the version I read to him left out “Fe Fi Fo Fum I smell the blood of an Englishman” which was one of my favorite parts. I always liked saying that for some reason…

  • Joy

    I can’t wait to read this one! No idea what my favorite fairy tale would be. As a child, it was probably Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty, at least the Disney-fied versions.

    • Typographical Era

      You’re our winner! Please email us with your shipping info and we’ll get this one out to you ASAP!