Per Petterson – “I Curse the River of Time”

Really enjoyed reading Per Petterson‘s Out Stealing Horses and listening to the audiobook, read by the always outstanding Richard Poe. Petterson’s I Curse the River of Time has just been released.

via The Boston Globe:

A Scandinavian son faces loss and regret
by Chuck Leddy

As in “Out Stealing Horses,’’ Petterson’s narrative interweaves the past and present, both converging at the end in a way that seems inevitable and deeply satisfying. As a college student, Arvid had become a communist and then quit college to join the proletariat in factory work. His incensed mother, already working a dead-end factory job, had responded by calling him an idiot. Arvid becomes a study in alienation, learning to suppress his own pain: “I could swallow whatever hit me and let it sink as if nothing had happened . . . it looked like what I was doing had a purpose, but it did not.’’

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