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I Refuse

A Novel
Per Petterson; Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett
Per Petterson’s I Refuse is the work of an internationally acclaimed novelist at the height of his powers. In the same spare but evocative style that made readers fall in love with Out Stealing Horses, Petterson weaves a tale of two men whose accidental meeting one morning churns up a fateful moment from their boyhood thirty-five years before.
 
“Petterson’s latest book, I Refuse, does not disappoint. . . . Petterson’s sentences [are] strange, kinetic creatures that take flight. . . . His work remains, like his own reminiscences, exquisite impressions that glimmer as quickly as they fade.”The Boston Globe
 
“A seamless emotional alchemy lifts off the page that, in turn, expands a reader’s understanding of the human condition. It is equal parts uncomfortable, exhilarating and memorable.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Mimicking the release of pent-up emotions, the book’s short declarative sentences suddenly transform into flowing, incantatory paragraphs. . . . Beautifully done.”The Washington Post
 
“The steely northern landscape, the absent parents, the excessive drinking—all are summoned with the precise language of a poet. . . . Yet while Petterson’s other novels settle in your heart gently, this one winds up a rocket. I Refuse is the author’s most emotionally layered and powerful novel yet. . . . [A] masterful work.”Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

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ISBN
978-1-55597-740-5
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
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Pages
288
Trim Size
5.25 x 8.5
Now in paperback, Per Petterson’s new novel, a “masterful . . . breathtaking read” (San Francisco Chronicle)

About the Author

Per  Petterson
Credit: Cato Lein
Per Petterson is the author of seven novels, including I Refuse and Out Stealing Horses, which has been translated into fifty languages. Petterson has received the Nordic Council Literature Prize, the Norwegian Critics Prize, and the Brage Prize. He lives in Norway.
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Don Bartlett lives in Norfolk, England, and works as a freelance translator of Scandinavian literature. He has translated, or co-translated, Norwegian novels by Gaute Heivoll (Before I Burn), Karl Ove Knausgaard, Lars Saabye Christensen, Roy Jacobsen (Borders; Child Wonder), Jo Nesbø, and Per Petterson (Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes; I Refuse; It’s Fine By Me).
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Praise

  •  “Mr. Petterson’s sentences are often exhilarating adventures in themselves.”—The Wall Street Journal
  • “Mimicking the release of pent-up emotions, the book’s short declarative sentences suddenly transform into flowing, incantatory paragraphs. . . . Beautifully done.”—The Washington Post
  • “Petterson’s latest book, I Refuse, does not disappoint. . . . His work remains, like his own reminiscences, exquisite impressions that glimmer as quickly as they fade.”—The Boston Globe
  •  “[W]hile Petterson’s other novels settle in your heart gently, this one winds up a rocket. I Refuse is the author’s most emotionally layered and powerful novel yet.”—Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Acknowledgements

A Lannan Translation Selection
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