The Invoice

The Invoice

A Novel

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York : Hogarth, 2016
Edition: First American Edition
ISBN: 9781101905142
110190514X
Branch Call Number: KARLSSON, J
Characteristics: 204 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Neil (Neil Andrew)

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AL_KATI Nov 14, 2016

What is your life literally worth--all those good memories and bad? How much does a tragic love affair cost? What about a happy childhood?

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sgtsaak
Nov 12, 2016

I found this book so boring I did not finish it - something that has only happened to me once before in over 60 years of reading.

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StarGladiator
Oct 16, 2016

Might have sufficed for a short, short story, but far to unoriginally repititous for anything longer.
It does portray the modern day fecklessness of the typical Swede - - I recall when WikiLeaks' Julian Assange was first in the news, regardless of the endless times I attempted to explain on Swedish chatboards and comments sections that NO rape complaint, nor any criminal complaint had ever been filed against Assange! And the European Union warrant for Assange's arrest was strictly for terrorists and international war criminals, not some WANTED ONLY FOR QUESTIONING. And how many times I tried to explain to them the chief prosecutor dropped the case in Sweden, but the Goteburg prosecutor, Marianne Ny, now stands in contempt of court as she didn't call nor visit Assange in the UK as ordered by the court.
Originally, the first Swedish judge who asked the prosecutor this was replaced, as was the first High Justice in the extradition trial of Assange in London, but eventually even the Swedish judge had to cave in to their // justice \\ system.
Now the Swedish statute of limitations has run out on Assange, yet still he faces extradition, how incredibly criminal of those governments!
And to repeat, Anna Ardin, formerly of Swedish military intelligence, and financially connected to the Bonnier family [which originally tried to get an exclusive with WikiLeaks for their newspapers], was the one who went to the coppers, yet never filed any complaint, and the attorneys involved, Thomas Bodstrom, former Justice Minister [who later would move to Langley, VA, USA - - now what is the one operation situated there???], and Claes Borgstrom are also financially connected to the Bonnier family, as is Marianne Ny.

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laphampeak
Aug 01, 2016

This little book takes one into the life of a nameless character who leads a simple unadorned life - video store clerk, shabby apartment, "a menu for the Thai restaurant was stuck to the fridge door"..."the same calendar ..was hanging from the inside of the open kitchen cupboard"...He receives an outrageous invoice from the unknown W.R.D. who levy fines for happiness quotas. He is accused of "had a decent life w/o paying your way." He becomes engaged in conversation with the customer service phone operator. Can he pay? What if he can't? What about her? It's a clever story that entertains, humors you , and makes you think.

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