In 2007, Per Petterson came out of nowhere — Norway, if you want to get technical — when his ruminative novel Out Stealing Horses sold 300,000 copies in the U.S. As you’ll notice from the title of his new novel, he still isn’t exactly a happy-go-lucky writer. I Curse the River of Time concerns thirtysomething Arvid Jansen, who’s reeling from a divorce just as his mother is dying of stomach cancer. Needless to say, it’s a sad book, and at times it’ll feel alien to readers who’ve never been young Communists or hung out in, say, Nittedal or Eidsvoll. (The translation can also be quite a rickety bridge.) But there’s no denying the novel’s Raymond Carver-like power as Arvid and his mother come to terms with how life hands you hope just before it hands you disappointment and tragedy. Petterson doesn’t dole out comforts, simply the quiet advice that since we can’t choose how we die, we’d better be careful how we choose to live. B
I Curse the River of TimeIn 2007, Per Petterson came out of nowhere — Norway, if you want to get technical — when his ruminative novel Out Stealing Horses...I Curse the River of TimeFictionPer PettersonIn 2007, Per Petterson came out of nowhere — Norway, if you want to get technical — when his ruminative novel Out Stealing Horses...2010-07-28Graywolf Press
I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson
Genre: Fiction; Author: Per Petterson; Publisher: Graywolf Press
Posted July 28 2010 — 12:00 AM EDT
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