Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Jonas Hassen Khemiri (born 1978) is the author of five novels, six plays, and one collection of plays, essays, and short stories. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. He received the Village Voice Obie Award for his first play, Invasion!, which was also selected for SPAC´s Swedish Biennial for Performing Arts. In 2015 he was awarded the August Prize, Sweden’s highest literary honor for the novel Everything I Don’t Remember. In 2017 he became the first Swedish writer to have a short story published in The New Yorker. Khemiri’s latest novel, The Family Clause, will be published by FSG in the summer of 2020. 

≈ [almost equal to]
What is a person worth? How does the liberal idea that everyone is of equal worth function in reality? And how can you be sure that you’ve gotten enough entertainment value out of your theater ticket? This play revolves around Martina, who is from a well-off family but works in a corner store and dreams of organic farms; history of economics lecturer Mani, who struggles to be the man Martina wants and to avoid following in his father’s footsteps; Andrej, who applies for job after job after job; Freja, who has just been fired; and Peter, who is homeless. All of them are at battle with the market-economy thinking that threatens to permeate every aspect of our lives.

It’s like getting a lesson in economics from the best, and funniest, teacher at school. It is tender and human and a punch to the gut. This is education times entertainment at its very best.

Read the excerpt here.

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