Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson (c2003)
Out Stealing Horses by Norwegian author Per Petterson has recieved numerous awards and accolades since its native release in 2003 and subsequent English translation in 2005. And for good reason, as it's easily one of the best works of fiction I've read in recent years. The story is that of Trond Sander, 67 years old and a recent widower, who has just relocated from city life to a rustic cabin in an isolated section of eastern Norway. Here he lives with his dog, Lyra, and seeks a simple, autonomous, no-frills existence. With it comes ample time to reflect on his past and specifically his childhood summers spent in a similarish setting with his father. Petterson employs a somber tone and slogging pace that leaves the impression that something not quite graspable is lurking just beneath the surface, or something ominous is on the horizon. A beautifully written novel and ideal for a fall or winter read. Check catalog for availability.
- submitted by Tom @ MPL Central