Army Officers' Mess149 Somerset St. W. (off Elgin)

A Fairy Tale
with Jonas Bengtsson

Hosted by CBC's Laurence Wall
"Grandly conceived, simply told, A Fairy Tale is an artistic triumph... In the struggle to grasp the axis of this rich work, the reader is forced to question her own myths.
— The Globe and Mail
Jonas T. Bengtsson

Presented in association with the Royal Danish Embassy, The Canadian Nordic Society and The Danish Club of Ottawa 


From one of Denmark’s rising stars, A Fairy Tale by Jonas Bengtsson , is a powerful and profound novel about a young boy and his father who live at the margins of society.


1986. Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme has been assassinated, and a young boy and his father are on the move again. Travelling from Sweden to the outskirts of Denmark and into the heart of Copenhagen, the two live an unconventional life, constantly on the move and living on the margins of society. By day he home-schools his young son. At night he weaves a fairy tale about a prince and a king who are on a mission to kill the wicked White Queen, while running from the White Men who hide in plain sight.


One day, their adventure takes a dark, unpredictable turn. 


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