The story of the dog

The story of the dog

Lars Gustafsson

Judge Caldwell, a specialist in bankrupty proceedings, is only two years away from retirement, enjoying a brief affair here, a cocktail party with friends there, an interesting court case-in short, life proceeds as usual. Until, that is, the day when the wretched hound that persists in decoratively trailing the contents of the judge´s dustbin across the neighbour´s lawn finally gets his comeuppance from Caldwell´s lifting jack. Henceforth, Caldwell´s pleasant routines are overshadowed by the vague, menacing presence of something dangerous and ungraspable. Some time later the corpse of Professor Jan de Rouwers, a man Caldwell much respected, is fished out of the river, and it transpires that the Dutch immigrant was a former Nazi collaborateur. A fire breaks out in the harbour, the river threatens to burst its banks. Caldwell, much-shaken, starts to wonder: is evil just one of the many layers of the human soul, with the same right to existence as the others? Or are there people who are bad to the marrow of their bones, and, consequently, virtous souls who do know evil or manage to keep it strictly at heel? A novel about accidents and abysses, about good and evil and why one prefers not to be seen eating a hamburger. A book, too, about getting older and remembering. Self-ironic and vastly amusing, this is Gustafsson at his best.

Foreign Sales

Spain (Akal), Great-Britain (Harvill), Canada (New Directions), Netherlands (Bezige Bij), Italy (Iperborea), Portugal (ASA)

The story of the dog

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