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Self-Control

Self-Control

by Stig Saeterbakken
     
 

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The second volume in Stig Sæterbakken's loosely connected “S Trilogy,” Self-Control moves from the dark portrait of codependent marriage featured in the acclaimed Siamese to a world of solitary loneliness and repression. A middle-aged man, Andreas Feldt, feeling that he is unable to communicate with his adult daughter over the course of a friendly

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The second volume in Stig Sæterbakken's loosely connected “S Trilogy,” Self-Control moves from the dark portrait of codependent marriage featured in the acclaimed Siamese to a world of solitary loneliness and repression. A middle-aged man, Andreas Feldt, feeling that he is unable to communicate with his adult daughter over the course of a friendly lunch, announces on an inexplicable whim that he is going to get a divorce. Though his daughter is initially shocked, she quickly assimilates this information and all returns to normal. Faced with this virtual invisibility—for no matter what actions he takes, the world seems to take no notice—Andreas is cut adrift from the certainties of his life and forced to navigate through a society where it seems virtually everyone is only one loss of self-control away from an explosion of dissatisfaction and rage.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The last work of the acclaimed late Norwegian novelist, Saeterbakken (Siamese), who died earlier this year, is a grotesque and completely engrossing journey into the mind of depressed, cynical, and ever insightful Andreas Feldt, a Norwegian factory worker, whose voice is so deliciously incisive that it will make readers wonder if they have ever read a more candid, if at times unreliable, first-person narrative. The novel opens with Feldt meeting his estranged daughter for coffee and making up a spontaneous lie that he is divorcing her mother. Tempted by a feeling of new possibility for his tired and banal life with its monthly visits from loathsome friends and servicing the same out–of-date machines under the eye of his incompetent boss, Feldt begins to challenge his routine while all the time trying to quell a silent and barely suppressible rage. For a 24-hour period, Feldt abandons his responsibilities for a dynamic night on the town, where he scrutinizes himself as well as others, but also finds a few kindred spirits. Saeterbakken's observations of human behavior, through the lens of Feldt, are stunning in their realistic complexity. Saeterbakken has managed to explore the range of our darker emotions, and readers may not emerge without having recognized a part of themselves.
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Eurozine
““One of the most interesting contemporary authors in Europe: always controversial and never uncomplicated, he forces the reader to confront the less flattering sides of both self and society.””
New York Times
““Siamese is a difficult and brilliant book, like one of those skulls inscribed ‘As I am now, so shall you be’ that a death-besotted Romantic might have kept by his bedside. The Siamese pairs here are not only Edwin and Sweetie, Edwin and the reader, life and death, but the reader’s own present and his or her future.””

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564787859
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
11/12/2012
Series:
Norwegian Literature Series
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Stig Saeterbakken (1966 2012) was one of Norway s most acclaimed contemporary writers. His novels include Through the Night and Siamese (also published by Dalkey Archive).

Sean Kinsella was born in Ireland and holds an MPhil in literary translation from Trinity College, Dublin. He has previously translated work by Frode Grytten and Bjarte Breiteig into English, and currently resides in Norway with his wife and two daughters.

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