Released: September 2007
ISBN number: 978-3471795484
Design: Sabine Wimmer
Illustration: Carl Larsson
In September 2007 Martin Hall made his literary debut in Germany with a contribution to the anthology Die schönsten Weihnachtsgeschichten aus Skandinavien – “the most wonderful christmas stories from Scandinavia”. The publishing company List succeeded in getting the immensely popular Danish singer and entertainer Gitte Haenning to write the foreword in the book, thus introducing the readers to Scandinavian Christmas traditions through this native born Dane’s own favourite stories.
Martin Hall’s contribution to the book, however, is anything but a traditional Christmas story. His story is called “Nine Cigarettes” and is a barren, alienated tale of a man’s homecoming to his family at Christmas time. The entire narrative is enacted in the room where this character used to live as a boy, in the hours before he has to join his family at the dinner table.
The novel “Nine Cigarettes” originally appeared in the Danish publishing agency Lindhardt og Ringhof’s anthology Christmas Stories released in 1998. In Die schönsten Weihnachtsgeschichten aus Skandinavien Martin Hall finds himself in distinguished company – other contributors being world-famous authors such as August Strindberg, Herman Bang and H.C. Andersen.