Title: I CURSE THE RIVER OF TIME - Rare Pristine ...
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2010
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 238 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 the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Ediiton and 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, it is 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 and dated (very shortly after publication) in blue pen on the title page by the author: "12.9.2010 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. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and dated copy of the First American Edition/First Printing 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 1555975569. Bookseller Inventory # 15928
Synopsis: An enthralling novel of a mother and son's turbulent relationship from the author of Out Stealing Horses
Norway, 1989: Communism is unraveling all over Europe. Arvid Jansen, thirty-seven, is trying to bridge the yawning gulf that opened up years earlier between himself and his mother. He is in the throes of a divorce, and she has just been diagnosed with cancer. Over a few intense autumn days, Arvid struggles to find a new footing in his life. As he attempts to negotiate the present changes around him, he casts his mind back to holidays on the beach with his brothers, and to the early days of his courtship. Most importantly, he revisits the idealism of his communist youth, when he chose the factory floor over the college education his mother had struggled so hard to provide. Back then, Arvid's loyalty to his working-class background outweighed his mother's wish for him to escape it. As Petterson's masterful narrative shifts effortlessly through the years, we see Arvid tentatively circling his mother, unable to tell her what she already knows he is thinking. In its piercing portrait of their layered relationship, I Curse the River of Time bears all the hallmarks of Petterson's compassion for humanity that has won him readers the world over.
About the Author:
Per Petterson is the author of books including In the Wake, To Siberia, and Out Stealing Horses, which 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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