The Invoice (Hardcover)

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In The Invoice, Karlsson illustrates how much more we would value moments of enjoyment if each and every one of those moments came at a price. Our protagonist exemplifies exactly how to live a fulfilling life with minimal effort, but there's a catch: for him, it has cost. As he fights to have the bill for his life reduced, he reflects on the greatest and worst moments of his life. He comes to realize that although he has suffered (as we all have), his suffering has been mostly beneficial. But how will he pay for it?

— From The Invoice, by Jonas Karlsson


A heartfelt exploration of the cost of life and love--and the importance of the little things--from the author of the international bestseller, The Room

Hilarious, profound, and achingly true-to-life, Jonas Karlsson's new novel explores the true nature of happiness through the eyes of hero you won't soon forget. A passionate film buff, our hero's life revolves around his part-time job at a video store, the company of a few precious friends, and a daily routine that more often than not concludes with pizza and movie in his treasured small space in Stockholm. When he receives an astronomical invoice from a random national bureaucratic agency, everything will tumble into madness as he calls the hotline night and day to find out why he is the recipient of the largest bill in the entire country.
What is the price of a cherished memory? How much would you pay for a beautiful summer day? How will our carefree idealist, who is content with so little and has no chance of paying it back, find a way out of this mess? All these questions pull you through The Invoice and prove once again that Jonas Karlsson is simply a master of entertaining, intelligent, and life-affirming work.

About the Author

JONAS KARLSSON writes plays and short fiction. One of Sweden's most prominent actors, Karlsson has performed on Sweden's premier stage and in several acclaimed feature films and television series. In 2005, Karlsson made his debut as a playwright, earning rave reviews from audience and critics alike. Spurred by the joy of writing for the stage, Karlsson began writing fiction. His debut novel, The Room, was in international bestseller.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781101905142
ISBN-10: 110190514X
Publisher: Hogarth Press
Publication Date: July 12th, 2016
Pages: 208
Language: English