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Petterson, Per (Translated by Charlotte Barslund). I CURSE THE RIVER OF TIME. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press, 2010. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 238 pages. As New/As New.

The author's fourth novel. One of the most important literary events of the year 2010. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with copies signed on a tipped-in page or bookplate and all other subsequent editions. Presents the fourth novel by Per Petterson to be translated into English. A prequel to his second novel, "In the Wake" (2006), it "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). A "must-have" title for Per Petterson collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (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 tipped-in page or bookplate, as most signed copies of the book are. This title is now collectible. This is the only such signed and dated copy of the First American Edition available online and has absolutely no flaws, 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 living writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PER PETTERSON AND GERBRAND BAKKER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1555975569. $100.00

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