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Per Petterson: Out Stealing Horses

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Now available in paperback:

Out Stealing Horses
Per Petterson
Vintage
ISBN 978-0-09-950613-3
13 July 2007
$21.00 in Canada

Original Title: Ut og stjæle hester
En français : Pas facile de voler des chevaux

9780099506133

Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

In 1948, when he is fifteen, Trond spends a summer in the country with his father. The events — the accidental death of a child, his best friend’s feelings of guilt and eventual disappearance, his father’s decision to leave the family for another woman — will change his life forever. An early morning adventure out stealing horses leaves Trond bruised and puzzled by his friend Jon’s sudden breakdown. The tragedy that lies behind this scene becomes the catalyst for the two boys’ families to gradually fall apart.

As a 67-year-old man, and following the death of his wife, Trond has moved to an isolated part of Norway to live in solitude. But a chance encounter with a character from the fateful summer of 1948 brings the painful memories of that year flooding back, and will leave Trond even more convinced of his decision to end his days alone.

Written by Thomas

2008-12-27 at 15:18

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