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By Naja Marie Aidt

"The feelings unleashed during this story . . . are painfully common. but you recognize precisely the place within the universe you're. this can be the hallmark of serious brief tales, from Chekhov's graphics of discontented Russians to Joyce's suffering Dubliners."—Radhika Jones, Time

Naja Marie Aidt's long-awaited first novel is a wide ranging page-turner and complicated portrait of a guy whose lifestyles slowly devolves into one among violence and jealousy.

Rock, Paper, Scissors opens almost immediately after the demise of Thomas and Jenny's legal father. whereas attempting to repair a toaster that he left at the back of, Thomas discovers a mystery, surroundings into movement a chain of occasions resulting in the dissolution of his lifestyles, and plunging him right into a darkish, shadowy underworld of violence and betrayal.

A gripping tale written with a poet's sensibility and a spotlight to language, Rock, Paper, Scissors showcases all of Aidt's presents and should significantly extend the readership for certainly one of Denmark's so much embellished and liked writers.

Naja Marie Aidt used to be born in Greenland and raised in Copenhagen. She is the writer of 7 collections of poetry and 5 brief tale collections, together with Baboon (Two strains Press), which got the Nordic Council's Literature Prize and the Danish Critics Prize for Literature. Rock, Paper, Scissors is her first novel.

K. E. Semmel is a author and translator whose paintings has seemed in Ontario overview, the Washington put up, and in different places. His translations comprise books through Karin Fossum, Erik Valeur, Jussi Adler-Olsen, and Simon Fruelund.

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Thomas gawks at the guts of the toaster. And all at once he jerks his head back. Fastened between the now detached outer shell and the heating coils, on either side, is a thick packet wrapped in tinfoil and taped carefully together with clear, yellowed tape. At first he simply stares. Then he manages to pry them out. He hears Patricia’s voice approaching. Feverishly he stuffs the two packets under his shirt, then under the waistband of his pants. When she steps into the kitchen, he’s back to sitting over his work, replacing the screws in the tiny holes.

Why do you want that old piece of shit? ” “Am I harassing YOU? I think you’re harassing me. ” “Don’t waste your money taking it to the shop, that’s crazy. ” “He’s dead. ” “Should I hang up now? ” “Badgering me for money. ” “Only if you tell me why you’re so obsessed with it. Why didn’t you take a painting instead? ” 37 Naja Marie Aidt Patricia stands in the doorway, a stack of creased shirts over her arm, and looks at him sharply. Then she leaves. “Because,” Jenny sighs, her voice softening. “That is, because, you know, it meant a lot to me when I was a child.

Something seems to move at the outer edge of his vision, but when he turns his head there’s nothing. He stands. “Let’s go,” he says, panic-stricken, grabbing Jenny and towing her along, but she won’t come with him, she wants to return to the bunk bed. She says, “Stop it, Thomas,” and goes limp, holding onto first the bedpost and then the doorjamb. But he tugs, pulling her all the way into the hallway. Just as she’s about to stumble over the doorstep, he punches the door and kicks it. ” He kicks at the door again.

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