Self-Control by Stig Saeterbakken
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The prose, in Sean Kinsella's English translation, is direct and starkly unlyrical, if weakened occasionally by cliche.
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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.
 

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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.
 
Published November 12, 2012 by Dalkey Archive Press. 154 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Mark O'Connell on Oct 20 2012

The prose, in Sean Kinsella's English translation, is direct and starkly unlyrical, if weakened occasionally by cliche.

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