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Out Stealing Horses

A Novel

by Per Petterson

Out Stealing Horses
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    Apr 2007, 288 pages
    Apr 2008, 256 pages

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Subtle prose and profound vision combine in an unforgettable novel - an achingly good read

A bestseller in Norway and Germany and the winner of the Irish IMPAC award*, Out Stealing Horses was published in the USA in hardcover last year, and in paperback a couple of weeks ago. Set in the East of Norway on the border of Sweden (map of Norway), the story opens in 1999 with 67-year-old Trond Sanders recently settled into a broken-down cabin a long way from any city, where he plans to live out his days. Then, a meeting with his only neighbor, who he believes he recognizes from long ago, triggers memories of the fateful July of 1948, when he was 15 years-old and spent the summer with his father in a cabin not dissimilar to the one in which he now lives. He remembers the long summer days spent adventuring with a neighboring boy, Jon and, in ...

Per Petterson was born in Oslo to a working-class family. He has worked as a manual laborer, is trained as a librarian, spent twelve years as a bookseller, and was a translator and literary critic before becoming a full-time writer. Out Stealing Horses is translated from the Norwegian by poet, critic and historian, Anne Born, who has translated many works from the principal Scandinavian languages into English, including two previous novels by Petterson: To Siberia, set in a small Danish town during WWII, and In the Wake, which chronicles the breakdown of a man six years after his parents and brother were killed in a ferry accident (modeled after the 1994 sinking of the MS Estonia when 852 of the 989 people on board were drowned, including ...

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