A Fool's Paradise
Translated by A. D. Haun, Owen Witesman
Collection Coleman Dowell Literature Series
"Marriage kills love. That's why people get married." The unmarried and unemployed narrator of A Fool's Paradise is seeing a married man and must, because of her social security, apply and interview for jobs she does not want. Her life is founded on unsustainable contradictions. As her lover considers recommitting to his wife and as her poverty becomes increasingly dire, she confronts the temptations and contradictions of conventional success, but she is also overcome by jealousy and dissatisfaction. She travels to Russia and spies on her lover's wife. She takes a job that she hates. This precise and intensely personal novel describes the narrator's growing sense that freedom becomes, itself, a kind of routine, and shows her burgeoning desire to break out of it.
Nb of pages 144 p.
Publication Date 01 July 2006
Nb of pages 144
Dimensions 5 x 8 in.
List Price $12.95
I was in my twenties when I met Alexander for the first time. He appeared before me unexpectedly from between the shelves of the Elanto grocery store and asked if I worked there. I didn’t answer; I glared at him crossly and turned my back. I didn’t like him; he was a handsome man and smiled conceitedly. I thought that he was trying to hit on me. In those days when men talked to me, that was all they had on their minds. Some asked for directions, some asked the time, but in the end they still always asked if I’d go with them to gaze at the moon. I went with some, too. Alexander explained later that he thought I was a salesgirl, because I had a green coat on. The mistake embarrassed him afterwards. He didn’t know what had gotten into him. It became clear last night when I was reading
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Genres : Fiction : Europe : Nordic
Countries : Finland