Title: I CURSE THE RIVER OF TIME - Rare Pristine ...
Publisher: London, England: Harvill Secker, 2010
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 233 pages. Published in 2010. The author's fourth novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a bookplate. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Per Petterson's "Jeg forbanner tidens elv" in a felicitous English translation. The fourth novel by Per Petterson to be translated into English. A prequel to his second novel, "In The Wake" (2006). "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 Tse Tung - and with his place in his family and the larger world. Petterson blends hope with gorgeously evoked melancholy to come up with a heart-breaking and cautiously optimistic work" (Allison Block). An absolute "must-have" title for Per Petterson collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by Per Petterson. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a bookplate, as most signed copies of the book are. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First British Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2007 for "Out Stealing Horses". One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PER PETTERSON AND GERBRAND BAKKER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1846553008. Bookseller Inventory # 15898
?How impossible it was to grasp that in the end something as fine as this could be ground into dust? (p. 213).
I Curse the River of Time, the new novel from the winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Out Stealing Horses, is a mesmerizingly beautiful book about love, regret, family secrets and failed revolution.
The novel takes us through thirty-seven-year-old Arvid?s life and its descent towards a moment of terrible crisis. It traces his parents? hesitant support when he gives up his place at college to work in a paper mill, like his father; his experiences as a fervent young Maoist in Norway in the 1960s; the death of his younger brother; the passionate, enveloping romance that led to marriage and children and, for a time, happiness; the failure of that relationship, and its transformation into a source of harrowing pain.
By 1989, everything that gave Arvid?s life meaning has melted into air. The collapse of the Berlin Wall mirrors the collapse of his marriage and his self-punishing alcoholism. When his mother is diagnosed with stomach cancer, Arvid sets off to their summer house in Denmark to be with her, meeting men and women from their past along the way. His despairing journey is also a quest for some kind of order in his life, perhaps even a new foundation. When Arvid finds his mother, and accompanies her in her illness, the novel turns to exploring the secrets that explain the distance between them ? a distance that perhaps can never be crossed.
I Curse the River of Time describes the ways that the present and the past are always intertwined, and shows how the personal and political are one and the same. Written in a subdued and elegiac style, with flashes of devastating poetic beauty, it is an utterly absorbing experience, a book that displays wisdom of the kind that only profound loss can bring. Above all, it is a reminder of the power of great art to console us for life?s burdens, an example of the way our dreams may brighten our bleakest moments.
About the Author:
Per Petterson was born in Oslo in 1952 and worked for several years as an unskilled labourer, a bookseller, a writer and a translator until he made his literary debut in 1987 with the short-story collection Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes, which was widely acclaimed by critics. His novel Out Stealing Horses has been translated into forty languages and won many prizes, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
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