Self-Control (Norwegian Literature)
by Stig Saeterbakken
translation by Seán Kinsella
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In Self-Control, a novel by the Norwegian writer Stig Sæterbakken, an aging creature of habit named Andreas Felt goes on a rampage. At least he thinks its a rampage. To others, his behavior amounts to a number of small if calculated attacks on social politesse. Vying for the attention of his daughter Marit over the course of a lunch date, Andreas casually (and untruthfully) mentions his impending divorce from her mother. Returning to work, he vehemently upbraids the head of the company. Later, he humiliates a boorish family friend named Hans-Jacob over dinner and grossly over-tips a waitress.
From the "crimes" in question, you can probably gather that Self-Control isn't the newest addition to the voguish genre of Nordic thrillers. No one here takes Andreas's infractions against decorum very seriously: Marit shrugs
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