Edited By Maria Krysztofiak
Houses on the move – the house as setting for identity transformations in Helle Helle’s short story collection Rester. Aldona Zanko
Houses on the move – the house as setting for identity transformations in Helle Helle’s short story collection Rester Aldona Zako Introduction One of the most influential and prolific group of authors on the Danish literary scene today is still the first generation of writers, who graduated in the early 1990s from The Danish School of Writers (Forfatterskolen), founded in 1987 in Copenhagen by the Danish modernist poet and literary critic Poul Borum. What their early and later works have in common, is the striking economy of expression, which manifests itsself on the length, form and contents. Owing to this consistent adherence to the principle of economy, the first graduates from The Danish School of Writers are regarded as forerunners of the minimalist trend in the contemporary Danish literature, which made its way to Denmark in the first half of the 1990s, along with the sudden breakthrough of the short fiction genre known in Scandinavia under the term KORTPROSA.1 This sudden outburst of Danish short fiction is inevitably associated with Helle Olsen (b. 1965), a.k.a Helle Helle, whose second book, the breakthrough short story collection Rester (The leftovers2) (1996), soon followed by Biler og dyr (Cars and animals) (2000), got her the leading position among the representatives of the Danish minimalist realism, developed throughout the 1990s. The writer herself, however, seems little enthusiastic about her literary status as a minimalist, as she implies in one of the interviews: In a way I can understand that it is possible to label some...
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