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HAVOC (Tom Kristensen)

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By Tom Kristensen, Carl Malmberg (Translated by), Morten Høi Jensen (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781681372075
Availability: Backordered
Published: NYRB Classics - June 12th, 2018

The similarities between the writings of Tom Kristensen and Scott Fitzgerald are striking: both weld together a protagonist's struggle to find contentment with biting social commentary, both depict the excesses and follies of boom and bust in the Interwar Era (1920s-1930s), and both tell stories that will stick in the back of your mind for years. The difference is that Fitzgerald tends to be redemptive, giving us a handful of characters who are authentically good people to whom we can turn, while Kristensen is more concerned with characters who must learn to live with their own troubles. HAVOC is a great novel to read before Ottessa Moshfegh visits the store on July 24 with MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION.