Dorte is twenty and adrift, pretending to study literature at Copenhagen University. In reality she is riding the trains and clocking up random encounters in her new home by the railway tracks. She remembers her ex, Per – the first boyfriend she tells us about, and the first she leaves – as she enters a new world of transient relationships, random sexual experiences and awkward attempts to write.
A short mesmerizing novel written in Helle’s classic minimal style — reminiscent, critics have said, of Raymond Carver, Mike Leigh, and Ali Smith — with a new translation from Martin Aitken. This Should Be Written in the Present Tense is a unique story filled with warm dead-pan wit and tender insight — a novel for anyone who has ever been young, sleepless, and a little reckless, trying to figure it all out.