I Could Have Walked Home BlindfoldFørsund, Joachim: Jeg kunne gått hjem i blinde
When his mother is found dead, Finn goes back to his small hometown. His childhood friend Freddy is now an undertaker and offers Finn a job in the business after the funeral. Finn kind of accepts; he cannot bring himself to return to his girlfriend and his job as a lawyer in Oslo. He believes he is the one who knew his mother the most. But does he really know how and why she died? And what her life was like?
In Joachim Førsund's literary debut, death is alive and well, what is serious is funny, and the seemingly impossible may very well be the gateway to something new.
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Praise for I Could Have Walked Home Blindfold:
"This novel is a veritable piece of art (...) exciting and funny from the first to the last page. This is first and foremost due to the writer's competent ear for language, his confident sense of style and his ability to trim his descriptions and dialogues, only the essential remaining. (...) an unusually precise and warm portayal (...) a sensationally well made and promising literary debut"
”Exceptionally well done (...) a beautiful novel with an inherent enigma"
"A strangely captivating book from a clever debutant. There is an underlying quivering in the text (...) the writer is bitter and comic at the same time."
”Melancholic and beautiful (...) an unusually fine literary debut."
"Gosh. It is the golden age of Norwegian litterature. The new talent, Joachim Førsund, confirms this with his high flying and joyfully sorrowful debut."
”FØRSUND is a new voice and a good storyteller, through a well-balanced variety of relations and dialogue he shows a good ear for dissonance in the music of a family.(...) I Could Have Walked Home Blindfolded is a tightly narrated story of broken family patterns that are a network of supressed blatancies and mutual powerlessness, forced open by a death.”
”I Could Have Walked Home Blindfolded is the somewhat strange title of Joachim Førsund’s critically acclaimed two year old debut, now translated to Danish, with good reason, stimulatingly tragi-comic as it is in its story about the down-on-his-luck Oslo lawyer, Finn. (...) a whimsical and fully elegant composition by the barely 40-year old writer, who now has created high expectations in this reader. Yes!”
”I Could Have Walked Home Blindfolded is a novel about a man who has difficulties in life, he’s not engaged in it, and his only close relationship is with his mother, so her death throws him into an existential crisis. It is an eternally relevant subject, which we have read about before, but Joachim Førsunds language makes the book a solid read. (...) It is natural to compare Førsund not only to Anne B. Ragde, whose novels similarly deal with the larger family relations (and an undertaker), but also to Per Petterson and Karl Ove Knausgård.”
First published: 2009, Oktober
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