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I Curse the River of Time

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An enthralling novel of a mother and son's turbulent relationship from the author of Out Stealing Horses.

It is 1989: Communism is crumbling, and Arvid Jansen, thirty-seven, is facing his first divorce. At the same time, his mother gets diagnosed with cancer. Over a few intense autumn days, we follow Arvid as he struggles to find a new footing in his life while all the established patterns around him are changing at staggering speed. I Curse the River of Time is an honest, heartbreaking yet humorous portrayal of a complicated mother-son relationship told in Per Petterson's precise and beautiful prose.

Review:

"Like an emotional sucker punch, the latest novel from the much-acclaimed Petterson (a prequel to 2006's In the Wake) examines lives half-lived, ending, and perhaps beginning anew. In 1989, 37-year-old Arvid Jansen's marriage is ending and his mother is dying of cancer. Hoping to leave his marital woes behind in Oslo, Jansen follows his Danish-born mother to her home country, to the beach house where the family spent summers. During the ferry ride and the following days in Denmark, Jansen recalls his childhood bond with his mother and his decision, after two years of college, to leave school and join his fellow Communists in the factories. He struggles with his commitment to communism — the title is a line from a poem by Mao — and with his place in his family and in the larger world. Thankfully, there is neither overt sentimentalism nor a deathbed declaration of love between mother and son, but Petterson blends enough hope with the gorgeously evoked melancholy to come up with a heartbreaking and cautiously optimistic work. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Review:

"Petterson’s spare and deliberate prose has astonishing force." New Yorker

Review:

"It has to be said, on the evidence of these few novels, that Per Petterson is a profoundly gifted novelist." Richard Ford

Review:

"Like an emotional sucker punch, the latest novel from the much-acclaimed Petterson...examines lives half-lived, ending, and perhaps beginning anew....Petterson blends enough hope with the gorgeously evoked melancholy to come up with a heartbreaking and cautiously optimistic work." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Review:

"Reading a Petterson novel is like falling into a northern landscape painting — all shafts of light and clear palpable chill." Time

Synopsis:

An enthralling novel of a mother and son's turbulent relationship from the author of Out Stealing Horses

It is 1989: Communism is crumbling, and Arvid Jansen, thirtyseven, is facing his first divorce. At the same time, his mother gets diagnosed with cancer. Over a few intense autumn days, we follow Arvid as he struggles to find a new footing in his life while all the established patterns around him are changing at staggering speed. I Curse the River of Time is an honest, heartbreaking yet humorous portrayal of a complicated mother-son relationship told in Per Petterson’s precise and beautiful prose.

Synopsis:

An enthralling story of a mother and son’s turbulent relationship told in Petterson’s signature style.

Synopsis:

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

Its 1989 and “three monumental events twine around one another in Arvid Jansens penumbral soul. His fifteen-year marriage is dissolving, his mother is dying of cancer, and the Berlin Wall is tumbling down. The parallels are obvious—worlds are ending, internally and externally—but the analogies Petterson draws among these dramatic endings are not....I Curse the River of Time is a little like the starker reaches of the West, a little like the stonier shores of Maine, a little like Edward Hopper, a little like Raymond Carver....There is a quality that I can only call charm, or something like charm, to Pettersons essentially dark and lonely sensibility....It exerts a gravitational pull on the reader” (Stacey DErasmo, The New York Times Book Review).

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About the Author

Per Petterson won the won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel Out Stealing Horses, which has been translated into more than thirty languages and was named a Best Book of 2007 by the New York Times, Time, Entertainment Weekly, and many other publications. He lives in Norway.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312429539
Author:
Petterson, Per
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Like an emotional sucker punch, the latest novel from the much-acclaimed Petterson (a prequel to 2006's In the Wake) examines lives half-lived, ending, and perhaps beginning anew. In 1989, 37-year-old Arvid Jansen's marriage is ending and his mother is dying of cancer. Hoping to leave his marital woes behind in Oslo, Jansen follows his Danish-born mother to her home country, to the beach house where the family spent summers. During the ferry ride and the following days in Denmark, Jansen recalls his childhood bond with his mother and his decision, after two years of college, to leave school and join his fellow Communists in the factories. He struggles with his commitment to communism — the title is a line from a poem by Mao — and with his place in his family and in the larger world. Thankfully, there is neither overt sentimentalism nor a deathbed declaration of love between mother and son, but Petterson blends enough hope with the gorgeously evoked melancholy to come up with a heartbreaking and cautiously optimistic work. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "Petterson’s spare and deliberate prose has astonishing force."
"Review" by , "It has to be said, on the evidence of these few novels, that Per Petterson is a profoundly gifted novelist."
"Review" by , "Like an emotional sucker punch, the latest novel from the much-acclaimed Petterson...examines lives half-lived, ending, and perhaps beginning anew....Petterson blends enough hope with the gorgeously evoked melancholy to come up with a heartbreaking and cautiously optimistic work." (starred review)
"Review" by , "Reading a Petterson novel is like falling into a northern landscape painting — all shafts of light and clear palpable chill."
"Synopsis" by , An enthralling novel of a mother and son's turbulent relationship from the author of Out Stealing Horses

It is 1989: Communism is crumbling, and Arvid Jansen, thirtyseven, is facing his first divorce. At the same time, his mother gets diagnosed with cancer. Over a few intense autumn days, we follow Arvid as he struggles to find a new footing in his life while all the established patterns around him are changing at staggering speed. I Curse the River of Time is an honest, heartbreaking yet humorous portrayal of a complicated mother-son relationship told in Per Petterson’s precise and beautiful prose.

"Synopsis" by , An enthralling story of a mother and son’s turbulent relationship told in Petterson’s signature style.
"Synopsis" by ,

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

Its 1989 and “three monumental events twine around one another in Arvid Jansens penumbral soul. His fifteen-year marriage is dissolving, his mother is dying of cancer, and the Berlin Wall is tumbling down. The parallels are obvious—worlds are ending, internally and externally—but the analogies Petterson draws among these dramatic endings are not....I Curse the River of Time is a little like the starker reaches of the West, a little like the stonier shores of Maine, a little like Edward Hopper, a little like Raymond Carver....There is a quality that I can only call charm, or something like charm, to Pettersons essentially dark and lonely sensibility....It exerts a gravitational pull on the reader” (Stacey DErasmo, The New York Times Book Review).

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