Per Petterson

In the Wake

Added on September 6, 2016

In the Wake Per Petterson The Harvill Press, U.K. 2002 In the Wake, Per Petterson’s second novel, is a fictional account of a young man who loses most of his family in the real-life Scandinavian Star ferry disaster of 1990. Petterson knows of what he writes. He lost his own mother, father, brother and cousin in this [...]

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I Refuse

Added on April 26, 2016

I Refuse Per Petterson Harvill Secker, London, 2014 Here is another masterful work by Norwegian author Per Petterson. I Refuse came out to rave reviews. Here are a few: “Petterson’s signature technique lies in drawing the most zigzag line imaginable through narrative chronology but the effect is not of confusion, rather of a dense, layered [...]

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Out Stealing Horses

Added on September 28, 2014

Out Stealing Horses Per Petterson Harvill Press, U.K. 2005 I bought this fourth printing as a reading copy from a local independent bookstore. When I got home  to check on-line, however, I saw that there were no first printings available. As a matter of fact, the lowest print number I could find was 4. Since early [...]

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It’s Fine by Me

Added on January 16, 2013

It’s Fine by Me Per Petterson Harvill Secker, London, 2011 Here is another engaging work of fiction by Norwegian novelist, translator and bookseller, Per Petterson. This is a unique and heartfelt take on the coming of age story. It is, of course, written in Petterson’s tender and understated style — so much so that its [...]

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Out Stealing Horses

Added on January 8, 2013

Out Stealing Horses Per Petterson Graywolf Press, U.S.A. 2007 Out Stealing Horses won two major Norwegian Prizes before Anne Born’s English translation won the 2006 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It was named by the New York Times as one of the top ten books of 2007. Although [...]

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Out Stealing Horses

Added on October 6, 2011

Out Stealing Horses (true first edition) Per Petterson Harvill Secker, London, 2005 This ex-library book is the rare true first edition of the book that propelled Petterson into the international literary limelight. It won the Norwegian Booksellers prize, and the English translation won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the IMPAC Award. It was also [...]

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I Curse the River of Time

Added on February 3, 2011

I Curse the River of Time Per Petterson Harvill Secker, London, 2010 Yet another stellar work of fiction by Norwegian author Per Petterson. I Curse the River of Time won the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize, the Brage Prize, and the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature before it was translated into English. I’ll keep you up [...]

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