Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

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Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

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Perhaps she, sometimes reminiscent of pre-Counter-Reformation indulgence-sellers, or fraudulent televangelists, is meant to symbolise negative aspects of the church in a country where people still pay taxes to it, and where freedom of religion was made legal much later than in Britain. While it starts well, and Jonasson’s third novel is perhaps a slight improvement on the second, the formula of zany characters in absurd situations has worn rather thin. When they go to live cheaply on an island in Gotland and wreak environmental havoc in the process, they lose all remaining appeal.

He’s literally advertising that he will hospitalise people for money and admitting to assault in the national papers – isn’t that evidence enough for the police to at least have a chat with him?

When Hitman Anders turns to religion, the lucrative business is in danger, and the vicar and the receptionist have to find a new plan, quick. I read The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared a few years ago – in Spanish I might add. He gave it to me and two days later there was a family member of his over whose birthday we’d forgotten (meaning my husband really, I didn’t know them that well) and he pried the book away from me, wrapped it, apologised, told me I could ask for a loan of it, apologised again and then gave it away. Then his life takes an unexpected turn when he meets a female Protestant vicar (who also happens to be an atheist), and a homeless receptionist at a former brothel which is now a one-star hotel.

And perhaps that was amplified by having met the same plot point in another book only a couple of weeks ago - an insufficiently entertaining con-artist character swindling innocent people and not regretting it, in Valeria Luiselli's The Story of My Teeth. The three join forces and concoct an unusual business plan based on Hitman Anders’ skills and his fearsome reputation.

He became a media consultant and later on set up a company producing sports and events for Swedish television. Fast-paced and sparky, the novel follows these bizarre but loveable characters on their quest to create a New Church, with all of Sweden’s gangsters hunting them. Si aceasta, la fel ca si celalalte, este scrisa intr-un mod absolut delicios, tratând niste subiecte "fierbinti" ale societății de astăzi, printr-un sarcasm fin, ce frizează realitatea. Hitman Anders becomes a celebrity for breaking people’s arms and legs – really, why would the public venerate an ordinary gangster? The basic premise is that Hitman Anders isn’t a very focused hitman, so Per and Johanna cook up a business where they market Anders’s services and manage the requests for retribution, while Hitman Anders fulfills the requests.



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