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Bruna Dantas Lobato

Stig Sæterbakken’s <br><i>Invisible Hands</i> & <i>Don’t Leave Me</i>

Stig Sæterbakken’s
Invisible Hands & Don’t Leave Me

Reviewed by Bruna Dantas Lobato

Stig Sæterbakken’s writing is stark, savage, uncompromising—and it only became darker as his career progressed. Invisible Hands and Don’t Leave Me, both released in Seán Kinsella’s English translations this summer, often center on solitary male protagonists who are self-destructive and whose attempts to repress significant emotional traumas manifest in sexual deviancy. In some cases, his protagonists resort to such extremes in order to make themselves seen; they are trying to reassess their own relevance within a given narrative situation or structure, as they explore the ways and degrees to which they are visible and invisible to the most beloved people in their lives...