Self-Control, by Stig Saeterbakken

How much ambiguity can a novel sustain while still keeping a firm hold on the reader’s attention? How much apparently crucial information can be withheld before the reader begins to feel manipulated or, worse, overlooked? These questions may not have been on Stig Saeterbakken’s mind when he was writing Self-Control, but they were certainly on mine when I was reading it. And the answer to both – if the extent to which I found the novel compelling is anything to go by – seems to be a surprisingly large amount.

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