I Curse the River of Time

By Per Petterson; Charlotte Barslund (Translator); Per Petterson (Translator)
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312429539, 227pp.)

Publication Date: August 2, 2011

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A "NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW" NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR


It's 1989 and "three monumental events twine around one another in Arvid Jansen's 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 Petterson's essentially dark and lonely sensibility....It exerts a gravitational pull on the reader" (Stacey D'Erasmo, "The New York Times Book Review").




About the Author
Per Petterson is the author of books including "In the Wake", "To Siberia", and "I Curse the River of Time". "Out Stealing Horses" has won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Norwegian Booksellers' Prize. "The New York Times Book Review" named it one of the 10 best books of the year. A former bookseller, Petterson lives in Oslo, Norway.

As a boy in Marstal, Denmark, CARSTEN JENSEN sailed on his father's boat, a 220-ton freighter named the Abelone. In 2000, he returned to Marstal to write We, the Drowned. He has also worked as a literary critic and a journalist, reporting from China, Cambodia, Latin America, the Pacific Islands, and Afghanistan.

We, the Drowned won Denmark's most important literary prize, while also being selected by readers of a major daily newspaper as the best Danish novel of the last twenty-five years. It was a bestseller throughout Scandinavia and in Germany, and has also been published in the United Kingdom, Spain, and France.



Per Petterson is the author of books including "In the Wake", "To Siberia", and "I Curse the River of Time". "Out Stealing Horses" has won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Norwegian Booksellers' Prize. "The New York Times Book Review" named it one of the 10 best books of the year. A former bookseller, Petterson lives in Oslo, Norway.
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