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Per Petterson: I Curse the River of Time

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I Curse the River of Time
Per Petterson
Harvill Secker

UK ‘C’ format hardback:
ISBN 978-1-84655-300-4
27 July 2010
$42.50 in Canada

UK ‘C’ format trade paperback:
ISBN 978-1-84655-301-1
27 July 2010
$32.95 in Canada

Update 2010-01-04 — Rather than import the British edition(s) as originally planned, Random House have instead opted to publish an edition specifically for the Canadian market:

Knopf Canada
ISBN 978-0-307-39938-0
31 August 2010
$32.00 in Canada

Winner of the 2009 Nordic Council Literature Prize

It is 1989 and all over Europe Communism is crumbling. Arvid Jansen, 37, is in the throes of a divorce. At the same time, his mother is diagnosed with cancer. Over a few intense autumn days, we follow Arvid as he struggles to find a new footing in his life, while all the established patterns around him are changing at staggering speed. As he attempts to negotiate the present, he casts his mind back to holidays on the beach with his brothers, to courtship, and to his early working life, when as a young Communist he abandoned his studies to work on a production line. I Curse the River of Time is an honest, heartbreaking yet humorous portrayal of a complicated mother-son relationship told in Petterson’s precise and beautiful prose.

Written by Thomas

2009-11-23 at 22:00

Per Petterson: To Siberia

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To Siberia
Per Petterson
ISBN 978-0-09-952344-4
2 December 2008
$21.95 in Canada


In the bitter cold of Danish Jutland, where the sea freezes over and the Nazis have yet to invade, a young girl dreams of one day going on a great journey to Siberia, while her beloved brother Jesper yearns for the warmer climes of Morocco. Their home, with a pious mother who sings hymns all day and a silent father, is as cold as their surroundings. But the unshakeable bond between brother and sister creates a vital warmth which glows in spite of the chill and the dark clouds that threaten to overtake their dreams.

Written by Thomas

2008-12-27 at 21:17

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Per Petterson: Out Stealing Horses

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Now available in paperback:

Out Stealing Horses
Per Petterson
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


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

Per Petterson : Pas facile de voler des chevaux

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Maintenant disponible en format poche :

Pas facile de voler des chevaux
Per Petterson
Gallimard, « Folio »
ISBN 978-2-07-035814-4
18 août 2008
14,95 $ au Canada

Titre original : Ut og stjæle hester
In English: Out Stealing Horses


À soixante-six ans, Trond Sander se retire dans une petite maison près d’un lac, au nord-est de la Norvège. Il a le sentiment que son rêve de quiétude et de solitude est en passe de se réaliser, mais un soir il fait la connaissance de son voisin Lars. Cette rencontre le replonge dans l’été de ses quinze ans, en 1948. À cette époque, en vacances seul avec son père, il retrouve son camarade Jon. Ensemble, ils « volent des chevaux » pour de petites échappées. Une fois pourtant cela se termine mal : il tombe de cheval et se blesse, puis assiste, impuissant, à une étrange explosion de rage et de violence chez Jon. Trond se souvient de l’effroyable accident survenu dans la famille de Jon, du passé insoupçonné de son père, révélé par un voisin ; il ne se doutait pas alors que les événements dramatiques survenus pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale allaient jeter leur ombre sur sa propre famille et lui ravir son père.

Pas facile de voler des chevaux est un livre d’une intensité dramatique rare, habilement construit autour des secrets des personnages principaux. Les réminiscences d’un narrateur au soir de sa vie et son évocation d’un été inoubliable sont tout simplement bouleversantes.

Written by Thomas

2008-12-27 at 15:11