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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 significant brief tales, from Chekhov's pictures of discontented Russians to Joyce's suffering Dubliners."—Radhika Jones, Time

Naja Marie Aidt's long-awaited first novel is a panoramic page-turner and complicated portrait of a guy whose existence slowly devolves into considered one of violence and jealousy.

Rock, Paper, Scissors opens almost immediately after the dying 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 sequence of occasions resulting in the dissolution of his existence, 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 may vastly extend the readership for one in all Denmark's so much adorned and loved writers.

Naja Marie Aidt was once 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 traces 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 Review, the Washington Post, and in other places. His translations contain books through Karin Fossum, Erik Valeur, Jussi Adler-Olsen, and Simon Fruelund.

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The sky’s blue, and the golf green river water displays the treetops and the silhouettes of homes. The teach screeches slowly southward, out towards the suburbs that shape a wide and frayed ring round the urban: public housing high-rises and extensive swaths of rundown row homes, physique retailers, garage sheds. large factories surrounded via barbed-wire fence, smaller business crops. A junkyard the following, a warehouse with an immense wind-swept parking zone there, a lumberyard, then extra of the tall cement towers the place everyone is filled jointly underneath ceilings thick with asbestos, the easiest of that have entry to a boxlike balcony. even though she’s now on a sugar-free vitamin, Patricia has acquired an apple pie. She squeezes his hand. They stroll during the streets the place younger males hand around in entrance of delis and speedy meals joints. A whiff of beer and smoke wafts from the bars; they go the procuring plaza with the movie show, the place humans stand in line on the price tag window. a group of girls scowl at Patricia while she stops to choose up her silk shawl. The elevator rocks threateningly. It snails its manner as much as the 8th flooring. It smells of piss the following. they give the impression of being at one another the whole means up, yet say not anything. Alice opens the door. She turns out shocked. “Look who’s the following! ” yet she offers Patricia a hug and permits them to input. For a second Thomas thinks: She appears like mother. yet that’s most likely simply his mind's eye. Alice is small and narrow and has a admired nostril and a stunning, curvy Cupid’s bow like her father. Her golden-brown dermis is tender and positive, her darkish eyes almond-shaped and a bit crooked. She’s shaved her head. A snake tattoo threads its means up over her neck to the again of her head. She’s purely simply grew to become eighteen. Dropped out of faculty, unemployed. For a second, Thomas remembers her sitting on his lap while she was once little. the way in which she’d held onto his neck while he carried her. Now she steps to the facet so he can input the residence. And right here comes Jenny, smiling, from the kitchen; she seems scorching and sweaty, her lipstick seeping into the small wrinkles close to her mouth. She sees Patricia and says: “You’re the following? ” Patricia smiles and fingers her the pie. The kitchen is a multitude, and a wide pot simmers at the range. “How great. i used to be simply making a few soup. ” Jenny washes her arms. “I notion Thomas may want a few lunch, yet probably you’ve already eaten? ” Thomas leans opposed to the refrigerator. you may see far from the kitchen window: the woodland within the distance, high-rises, different components of town. whilst he leans ahead and glances down on the zone among the structures, his belly lurches: networks of trails, a playground, parked automobiles. a number of young ones run throughout one of many fields wielding a kite on a string. It swirls within the air and flutters from side to side within the wind, and it appears to be like as if they could slightly carry onto it. He turns. The soup is sludgy and grey, and scents nauseatingly of cabbage and beef fats. Patricia converses with politeness, Thomas watches a flock of ducks. Or are they geese? He is going to the lounge, the place the curtains are drawn.

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